CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1304980
Date first listed:
23-Jun-1960
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL, ST MICHAEL'S CRESCENT

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL, ST MICHAEL'S CRESCENT

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Norfolk
District:
Breckland (District Authority)
Parish:
Great Cressingham
National Grid Reference:
TF 85214 01750

Details

TF 80 SE, 10/15

GREAT CRESSINGHAM, ST.MICHAEL'S CRESCENT, Church of St.Michael

23.06.60

I

Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick dressings. Lead, slate and pantile roofs. West tower; aisled nave with south porch; chancel. Mid C15 west tower designed by James Woderofe. Diagonal buttresses and a stair turret to north east. West doorway with dying mouldings, traceried spandrels and a traceried frieze above with letter 'M' alternating with blank shields. Tall 3-light panel-traceried window above. Clock face to second floor with cusped ogee-headed single-light windows to north and south. 2-light bell openings with cusped soufflets. Crenellated and blind-traceried parapet with corner finials. C15 south porch also by James Woderofe. Ashlar faced to south and west. Moulded entrance arch on shafted responds with niche above. Mutilated carving of St. Michael in niche. Flushwork plinth frieze of letter 'M'. Moulded south doorway with a late medieval 2-leaf door. South aisle with five 3-light panel-traceried windows. Similar north aisle with a blocked doorway of two hollow-chamfered orders. Eight fine 2-light clerestorey windows in Decorated style with multi-cusped soufflets. Chancel has eight 2-light windows with simple cusped tracery suggesting a late C13 date. Priest's doorway and blocked leper's window to south. Exceptional 5-light Perpendicular east window with staggered carved transoms, mouchettes and daggers. C13 clasping buttresses surmounted by grouped shafts, resembling late C12 and early C13 pier forms, themselves topped with pinnacles.

INTERIOR. 4-bay arcades of 1885 in Perpendicular style. Western responds, some polygonal bases and the south eastern respond survived the restoration. The south-west respond and bell capital are C13 with grouped shafts and a C14 or C15 heightening re-using the original deeply carved capital. Massive tower arch with mouldings dying into plain jambs. Hollow-chamfered chancel arch on triple shaft responds: the north respond and arch have been renewed. Restored C15 north aisle roof with roll-moulded principals. Hammberbeam nave roof with hammers to alternate principal trusses. Carved hammers and wooden wall post corbels representing angels, prophets and prelates. Wall plates with brattishing. Chancel with four bays of C13 wall arcading consisting of single, practically freestanding, shafts on water holding bases supporting deeply moulded bell capitals and very pointed plain chamfered arches. There is some evidence to suggest that these arcades were at least intended to open into aisles. Surviving rood stair to north which served also as a squint from north aisle. Fine C14 multi-cusped piscina. Jacobean panelling in south aisle and some late-Medieval poppy-head bench ends. Medieval brasses.

Listing NGR: TF8521401750

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
221012
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

End of official listing

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