Cropmark of Stoke church Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Worked flint Bronze Age burial at Eriswell Framlingham castle from the air Pottery vessels in situ at Leiston Flint tool from Southery Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Cropmarks in Stoke-by-Nayland

BYG 006 - Church of St Mary

SHER Number:BYG 006
Name:Church of St Mary
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 6741 5316

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St Mary's Church, Great Bradley, is situated in the centre of the parish, next to the Hall.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Designated Status



St Mary's Church, Great Bradley, is situated in the centre of the parish, next to the Hall. A church is recorded here in the Domesday book. The church consists of a chancel, nave, S porch and W tower. The nave & chancel are mainly C14 although the walling is of C12 and the chancel arch is C13. The E end was shortened in the C18. The church is built of random flint & stone and is now mostly stuccoed over. The W tower is C14 with angle buttresses and castellated parapet with knapped flint and stone chequer work in the base. An octagonal staircase turret rises above the parapet on the SE corner. The stone weathering of the buttresses are carved with the figures of animals & heraldic devices. An old flue from the priest's chamber in the tower has a baffle stone outlet about 20ft up. There is a good late Norman S door with spiral fluted shafts, decorated capitals and some zigzag ornamentation in the arch. The S porch is early Tudor, in red brick, with a crow stepped gable and arched niches. The N door is Norman, plain with scalloped capitals to the shafts. The roof is tiled with king post roof trusses. There is a good C14 piscina with an ogee arch and a head. The font is C15, octagonal with sides carved with quatrefoil rosettes and with a panelled shaft. The pulpit is C18, octagonal with a sounding board behind (S1).

Sources and Further Reading

[S1]SSF20795 - (No record type): SAU, Survey of Documentary Sources.
[M1]SSF50051 - Unpublished document: Church File. Church survey: (S1).
[S2]SSF50106 - Photograph: Air Photographs. NAU, TL 674 532, JEF 11-12, 24 July 1992.

Associated Finds: None recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 6 2012 11:11AM
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