METTINGHAM BECCLES ROAD TM 38 NE 4/14 Church of All Saints 1-9-53 - I Parish church. Medieval, restored 1898. Nave, chancel, south aisle, west tower, south porch (now the vestry). Flint rubble with stone dressings; remains of plasterwork to nave and chancel, the aisle partly cement-rendered. Leaded roofs to nave and aisle, slated roof to chancel. Round tower, not later than C11; C15 west window, C15 belfry openings with missing tracery. Later stepped parapet. The lower part of the nave walls are probably C11: the north west angle is composed of field stones, and the steeply-pitched line of the original gable can be seen on the west return. The nave was subsequently raised c.2m. Good C12 north doorway with one order of colonnettes, an arch with 2 orders of chevrons and a hoodmould of semi-circular billets. 2 C15 north nave windows. C14 south aisle with mainly C15 windows. The porch is probably C14 but was partly rebuilt in C19; the roof appears to be the original, as is the door into the nave. The chancel has a single C15 window to north and south (the south window blocked) but the fabric is of earlier date; late C19 east window in Perpendicular style. Interior. C14 3-bay aisle arcade, the bay to the east of the chancel arch being lower. C15 arched- braced nave roof with crenellated wallplate, mutilated carved corbels at the foot of each wallpost and fleuron bosses at the junction of purlins and principal rafters. C15 arch-braced chancel roof with similar bosses. The chancel arch is of wood (a rarity), the surround infilled with stud and plaster; the crenellated rood beam also survives in situ. 2 piscinae in sanctuary, one possibly C19. Good C15 octagonal font, the bowl panels depicting lions alternating with angels bearing shields; the bowl is carried by 8 heads, and against the base there are 4 lions set on heads. The chancel stalls incorporate some C15 traceried woodwork and poppyhead ends. The south wall of the aisle has an ogee-canopied tomb recess, perhaps that of Sir John de Norwich, builder of Mettingham Castle. On the nave north wall is a C17 pedimented tablet to the Gooch family. Over the tower arch are the arms of George III.
Listing NGR: TM3628989985