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St. Edmundsbury (District Authority)
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TL 99387 79039


TL 9879-9979 HOPTON HIGH STREET (east side)

3/40 Church of All Saints 14.7.55


Parish church. Late C13, C14 and later; interior restored 1879. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, south porch, west tower. In rubble flint, some knapped, with freestone dressings; red brick to clerestory; slate roofs. North aisle with squat diagonal buttresses and C19 restored window tracery; crenellated parapet; a 4-light east window with depressed flowing tracery with mouchettes; pointed north door with a simple continuous curve. South aisle of same date, late C13, with similar buttresses, crenellations, and restored windows; a 2-light east window with trefoil heads to lights. Battlemented clerestory to nave in Tudor brick, with 7 2-light windows with intersecting tracery, trefoil-headed lights, and hood-moulds. A small square recess between each pair of windows. Porch extensively restored in C19. Chancel with diagonal buttresses to east end; 3-light east window of c.1300: 3 stepped lancets under one arch; 2 2-light windows to north and south sides of chancel, with trefoil heads to lights set in rectangular surrounds. Low-side windows below both the south windows, now glazed, but rebated for shutters inside and out. Narrow C14 tower; with diagonal buttresses at the west end, stepped in 3 stages, faced in black knapped flint and freestone, and gabled. Stair turret with a conical roof on the south face. On the west face, a 2-light window with a series of holes in the stone surround for some kind of lattice infill; an empty niche with trefoil head above, and above that a small trefoil-headed window. The top stage of the tower is an early C19 addition faced in a chequerwork of black knapped flint and freestone blocks; crenellated parapet with Grecian urns at the angles; a wide single-light window with rounded head to each face. The interior of the nave has a C14 arcade in 4 bays to each aisle: octagonal piers with their moulded bases raised on high, square blocks of brickwork; double-chamfered arches. Fine C15 hammer-beam roof, integrated with the clerestory; between each pair of clerestory windows is a raised pilaster with a canopied capital on which rests a carved and painted figure supporting the arched brace of a hammer beam; the hammer-beams themselves are carved and painted recumbent figures of kings and musicians with ermine collars, holding musical instruments, books, etc. A deep cornice in 2 tiers with carving, colouring and brattishing. The easternmost bay has additional decoration as a canopy of honour. The roof-pitch is shallow, and arched braces to the collars, which are set very high, spring from the tops of the hammer-beams. The seating, font and pulpit are all Victorian. Behind the pulpit, the stairs to the rood-loft, the upper part open; the cut-off ends of both the rood-beam and the candle-beam can be seen in the walls and in the sides of the chancel-arch, which is high and plain. Sharply-pointed arch to the base of the tower, used as a ringing-chamber: 6 bells. Both aisles have roofs with plain joists and moulded main cross-beams supported by arched braces resting on capitals in the walls; carved bosses at the intersection of the main timbers. Fine medieval door to the tower stairs at the back of the south aisle, with original interlaced ironwork and hinge; a Jacobean altar- table at the east end; a piscina with trefoil head to niche, and a memorial east window with stained glass by Kempe, 1905. Chancel C19 restored. Memorial stained glass of 1890 in the east window: piscina with trefoil-headed niche as in south aisle; rafter roof with additional scissor-bracing. On the north wall, a marble monument to Thomas Raymond (d.1680), surmounted by a broken pediment, with a coat of arms in high relief in the centre: he was the first keeper of state papers to Charles II.

Listing NGR: TL9938779039


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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: 22 Sep 2002
Reference: IOE01/05450/01
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Raymond Warren. Source Historic England Archive
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