Monument record SBN 062 - Church of St Mary

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St Mary's, Stoke By Nayland, is a large perpendicular church situated in the middle of the village. Probably a Domesday minster.


Grid reference Centred TL 9860 3627 (129m by 105m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL93NE


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

A church is listed at Stoke By Nayland in the Domesday Book.
St Mary's, Stoke By Nayland, is a large perpendicular church situated in the middle of the village. In its upper parts it is mostly of brick with a substantial W tower. The tower is remarkabley ornate. Money was left for it's building by local merchants in 1439, 1440, 1441, etc, to 1462. W doorway with the shields of the Tendring & Howard families. The tower has four stages in all. Very big polygonal buttresses and diagonal buttresses attached decorated with niches and ogee canopies. Chancel has 3-light & 5- light windows. Nave with clerestory & arches; early C14 N chapel, N of N aisle. Three-light aisle windows, clerestory windows of 1865. N side simple brick porch, early C16 ( A will of 1457 leaves money to the repair of N porch, is this the existing porch?). Chancel chapels of two bays with simpler piers; four attached shafts & four thin filleted shafts without capitals. Font perpendicular, octagonal, stem with eight niches with nodding ogee arches. It stands on 3 steps. W & S doors have tracery. Stalls have little figures against the arm.
Scarfe records this as a Domesday Minster (S2).
Six pieces of Roman tile, one with opus signinum adhering, found on/under 15th century N wall foundations in 1998 (S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. 439.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Scarfe N, 'Domesday Churches', 1999, 3rd ed, map 21.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Finds Report. Wallace J per Plouviez J (SCCAS), June 1998.

Finds (2)

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Sep 24 2012 9:40AM

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