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Breckland (District Authority)
South Acre
National Grid Reference:
TF 80999 14318


TF 81 SW, 4/35

SOUTH ACRE, Church of St George




Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick dressings. Pantile roofs. West tower; nave with north aisle and north porch; chancel with continuation of north aisle forming a funerary chapel.

C15 west tower with diagonal buttresses. Large 3-light panel-traceried west window with a 4-centred doorway below. Spandrels with blind tracery and a cusped hood mould. Harsyke family heraldic shields above doorway. 2-light cusped Y-traceried bell openings with 4-centred heads. Crenellated parapet. Wave- moulded nave south doorway. A 2-light window above in Decorated style with soufflet beneath a 4-centred arch. 2 panel-traceried 3-light windows beneath 4-centred arches. Two 2-light and one 3-light windows beneath flat heads with rectangular hood moulds. North aisle with two 2-light and one 3-light windows beneath flat heads with rectangular hood moulds. C14 doorway of two wave- moulded orders beneath a hood mould with carved head label stops. 4-centred double-ogee moulded porch entrance arch with a niche to side and an ogee headed niche above. Single light cusped side windows. Priest's doorway hollow- chamfered with a hood mould. East and west aisle windows each of three cusped lights beneath segmental arches. Three 3-light uncusped clerestorey windows. Chancel with a fine late-Medieval east window of four Y-traceried lights beneath a very shallow 4-centred arch. Two 2-light south windows - flat headed to west, with soufflet beneath a 4-centred arch to each.

INTERIOR. 3-bay main arcade with two C14 or C15 bays on octagonal pier and polygonal responds supporting arches of two chamfered orders. C14 westernmost bay of two wave-moulded orders on filletted semicircular responds. Identical arch between chancel and north aisle. Tall tower arch of four chamfered orders without responds. Chancel arch of two hollow-chamfered orders on polygonal responds. Restored hammer-beam nave roof with moulded principals and purlins and carved bosses. C15 arch-braced aisle roof with embattled wall plate. Heavily restored arch-braced chancel roof. Chancel piscina with credence shelf beneath a cusped arch. C12 font consisting of three shafts around a circular central pier supporting cushion capitals emerging from a square section bowl. Very tall C15 font cover mostly a C20 replica. Five bays of a former chancel screen re-set beneath tower arch. Extremely elaborate flamboyant tracery with reticulated motifs, fleurons and ogee arches with differing leaf carvings to each bay and turned shafts. Late-medieval benches with embattled backs poppy head ends and eight damaged carved arm rests representing lions. Three late-medieval brasses, of particular note in north chapel representing Sir John Harskye and his wife Katherine. In north aisle effigy of an unknown knight with crossed legs his feet resting on a lion. C17 marble and alabaster monument to Sir Edward Barkham and his wife of exceptional quality with two full-size effigies on a sarcophagus with Tuscan columns and weepers. Overmantel with heraldic aedicule flanked by a pair of carved statues representing Victory and Death. Winged hourglass to extremities. C13 and C14 glass fragments in north chapel. The chapel is divided from the north aisle by fine C17 wrought iron railings.

Listing NGR: TF8099914318


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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: 03 Oct 2001
Reference: IOE01/05331/03
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Colin Johnston. Source Historic England Archive
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