Monument record GFD 006 - Church of St Mary

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St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese.


Grid reference Centred TL 8342 4846 (126m by 150m)
Map sheet TL84NW


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St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese. Sudbury archdeaconry, Sudbury deanery. Status : rectory. Structure : chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, N and S porches, embattled W tower. Date : mostly late Perpendicular, lower tower and chancel and nave arches Early English. Church is in the E of parish (S5). The S porch is in the late Perpendicular style. "The nave and chancel arches are Early English, those to the chancel aisles late Perpendicular. The nave arches are pointed; those on the N side segmental, on the S horseshoe shape. The lower part of the tower is Early English". "The nave has a curious high pitched king-post roof, with the rafters formed into cants". The font is Perpendicular (S2). The whole of the S aisle is stone and flint panelled, standing on a traceried stone base and with pinnacled parapet apparently all of early C16". Inscription on parapet of chancel aisle reads : "JOHN GOLDYNG JOAHN HYS WIFE THE FOUNDERS OF THIS CHAPEL AN IYLAS (aisles)" (precis) (S3). In May 1983 the SIA visited St Mary's and saw the results of the church's restoration and re-ordering which took place between 1864 and 1867. The Georgian ordering of the church had been retained. The nave and aisles had been restored and new roofs given to the nave, N and S aisles. "New clerestory walls and windows, decayed stonework replaced". The chancel was restored in 1867. Pews, floor of pammets, bricks and gravestones all removed. The floor was paved with Maws tiles and the body of the church was benched (precis) (S1).

Taken from NRHE record:
(TL 83414839) St Mary's Church (NAT)

The Church of St Mary, Glemsford is a fine flint building with stone dressings. The west tower, nave arcade and clerestory are of 14th century date, and the aisle walls, chapels and north and south porches are of 15th century date. Grade I.

St. Mary's Church (full name on notice board St. Mary the Virgin) as described. See ground photograph.

Although the nave and clerestory are of 14th century date the tower was rebuilt in 1861. A visitation return in Cambridge University Library (C3/26) states that 'a new tower was built in 1861and the bells rehung at a cost of nearly £900'. A thorough restoration of the body of the church was conducted 1863-1877 costing £2,500 and the chancel was restored by the rector at a cost of £800.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 35, 1984, (4), 332.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Barker, H. R.. 1907. West Suffolk Illustrated. 152-153.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Cautley H M. 1975. Suffolk Churches. 289.
  • <S4> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL84NW29, 1980.
  • <S5> (No record type): SAU, Suffolk Parishes, a guide to their archaeology and history, 1984- 1985, ms.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Jul 2 2021 6:05PM

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