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Breckland (District Authority)
Great Ellingham
National Grid Reference:
TM 02037 97156



5/21 Church of St. James 16/ 7/58 - I

Parish church. Mainly early C14, restored 1900-20. Flint with ashlar dressings and gabled lead roof. West tower, nave, aisles and continuous chancel. 3 stage tower with diagonal buttresses to west, angle to east.Chequered flushwork base and west door of double quadrant mouldings, 3-light Perpendicular west window with transom and hood mould. 2-light Y belfrey windows cinquefoiled. Chequered flushwork battlemented parapet above string course. Short octagonal leaded needle spire. Diagonal buttresses to north aisle. 2-light west window of divergent mouchettes and segmental window arch. North porch with 4-centred arch below statue niche, both with hoods. Inner wall arch to west and 2-light cusped window. Inner door with undercut hollow and wave mouldings. Butt purlin roof. Remainder of aisle windows as west except last bay (the Mortimer chapel) : north window C2O, 3 lights; east window 3-light cusped intersecting ogees. Blocked 4-centred door with fleurons. String course of chapel continuous with chancel. 3 tall 2-light chancel windows with cinquefoil arches supporting double reticulation within larger unit. Hood moulds form continuous string course. Eastern angle buttresses. East wall chequered flushwork. 5-light east window divided 2-1-2 with heavily cusped arches supporting elementary petal motif below encircled quatrefoil vesica. 2 3-light chancel south windows with convergent mouchettes and hoods forming string course. Arched priest's door between. South aisle east window as Mortimer chapel. 3 stepped buttresses and early C20 2 and 3-light windows. Arched south door. Clerestory walls of knapped chequered flushwork containing 5 2-light windows on both sides, those to west halved by tower. Interior 4 bay arcade, quatrefoil between fillets on south with moulded bases and capitals, similar but with sunk quadrant to north and polygonal capitals. Double sunk quadrant arches, including tower arch. Clerestory windows behind deep reveals above piers. Nave roof of tie beams on arched braces dropping to head corbels with traceried spandrels. Short King posts and braces to ridge piece. Wall plate with boxed ashlaring. Renewed principals. C18 chancel rooLof, thin, false hammerbeams. Aisle roofs from restoration. Early C18 gallery at west supported on pair of timber Doric pilasters below metoped frieze. Gate with H hinges. Second stage forms ringing chamber. Mid C14 octagonal font with Kentish tracery panels and shields and fleurons below bowl. Part of C15 painted screen with elaborate traceried fields above dado of foliated encircled trefoils. Rood loft stairs blocked on north side. 2 painted consecration crosses on south wail and remains of wall painting of Pilgrims approaching shrine. Wide sculptural niche under tripartite nodding ogee vault, cusped with crockets and finials. Remains of painting including good torso of Angel, probably late C14. Remains of parclose screen to south- east chapel with petal tracery of same date. Chapel has piscina under foliated cinquefoil head and bench sedilia. Jambs remain of chancel sedilia.

Listing NGR: TM0203797156


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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: 13 Mar 2007
Reference: IOE01/16395/04
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Kenneth D'Maurney-Gibbons. Source Historic England Archive
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