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Babergh (District Authority)
Copdock and Washbrook
National Grid Reference:
TM 10953 42589


TM 14 SW WASHBROOK CHURCH LANE 2/34 22.2.55 Church of St Mary II* Parish church. C12 origins, mainly early and later C14, C19 restorations. Random flint rubble with some brick, stone dressings, roof of alternating bands of plain red and black fishscale tiles, crested ridge. West tower, nave and chancel in one, south porch, north vestry and baptistry. 3-stage square tower with embattled brick parapet. Incorporates scattered early brickwork in the fabric. Diagonal offset west buttresses. Right angled buttresses against nave which appears contemporary. Stair turret at south east angle against nave. Above stone base, plinth of alternating stone and flint flushwork panels in chequerwork pattern, which continues across the buttresses. C19 3-light west window with panel tracery beneath stilted arch and hood. Single bell openings with cusped heads on north, west and south faces. Vertical slit openings to stair turret. Quoins as if long and short work on tower and buttresses. Nave and chancel. Late C19 south porch with brick and flint base, timber above. Similar banded tiled roof with cresting to ridge. C19 doorway in C14 style with figure stops to hood. Door has studded strap hinges. Above rendered plinth, which starts to right of central buttress, is continuous band of alternating stone and flushwork panels, sometimes mutilated, but incorporating right hand offset buttress, and diagonal buttresses at east end; repeated on north face. Later central brick buttress. To right of it, moulded band, dropping to form cill band of Decorated window, and continuing with the eastern buttresses, across chancel to north face; is interrupted only by inserted chancel doorway and east window. To left of porch, 2-light restored late Decorated or early Perpendicular window with ogee headed cusped lights and cusped tracery above, beneath stilted arch and hood. Probably C12 lancet to right of porch. C19 3-light window with panel tracery beneath stilted arch, with one figure stop, the other missing. 2-light curvilinear heads, beneath mouchettes; stilted arch with hollow and ogee moulded responds. Similar but restored chancel window, interrupted by C19 inserted doorway with label and carved spandrels. East window. C19 3-light cusped intersecting tracery, but within larger opening with moulded surround of former C14 east window, the base of which sat on top of the moulded band. North face. Two similar C14 windows to nave and chancel, with similar plinth and band, stopping at flint buttress. Partly restored late Decorated/early Perpendicular window as to south, and similar lancet. North baptistry, C19, with north window as to nave, and single cusped lights to east and west. Interior: Simple chamfered tower arch. Chancel arch of quatrefoil responds with three filleted shafts, wave moulded necking, ogee moulded capitals, shallow bell bases. Nave has 3 bay crown post roof with tall thin octagonal posts, straight 4-way bracing, and exposed collar purlin, the remainder covered by C19 canted and boarded roof, with slender ribs and bosses at the intersections. C15 moulded cornice. Niche to right of south door. Baptistry to north, chamfered rear arch. Octagonal font with 4 lions to the stem, between pilaster shafts; angels to the base of the bowl, which has angels bearing shields alternating with roses and acanthus-like leaves, partly restored. C19 nave fittings. Chancel; North and south 6-bay shallow arcades, the shafts comprising east and west engaged shafts, with scroll moulded necking, the north and south faces square cut, and all beneath one moulded capital. Ogee headed cinquefoil arches with heavily ornate cusping, crocketting on the extrados terminating in crocketed finial. Figure head to base of each arch, at top of the capital. Moulded bases to shafts. The shafts and rear are painted. C19 boarding to 1/3 height behind. At finial level, hollow moulded band with ornamentation of fleurons only to south arcade. All restored. Unrestored south sedilia, with single, similar blind arcade to east and west, with engaged shafts, cusped ogee heads, and band above with figure stop to the outer angle. Similar restored north sedilia. Similar treatment to east and west of vestry door beneath curvilinear north window, is part restored. South of altar, two bay stepped sedilia, with horizontal band at finial level, again with fleuron ornament, central shaft as the chancel arcade, but with flatter almost 4-centre arched heads, all partly restored. North of altar, cusped canopy rising to crocketed finial, flanked by tall square sectioned shafts, also with tall crocketed finials. Responds of 2 orders with one filleted shaft, with moulded caps and bases. Chancel roof, boarded over C19, has thin medieval cornice.

Listing NGR: TM1095342589


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 09 Dec 2004
Reference: IOE01/13415/36
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr T. P. C. Bramer. Source Historic England Archive
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