Building record ALP 005 - Church of St Peter & St Paul

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St Peter's & St Paul's church, Alpheton.


Grid reference Centred TL 8734 5047 (32m by 17m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL85SE


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Full Description

St Peter's & St Paul's church, Alpheton. There is not a church recorded here in the Domesday book but it is thought to be one of the two churches documented for the parish of Shrimpling (S3). It is W of the parish in the grounds of the Hall. The C15 S porch is of wood, but considerably disguised by successive restorations. The nave and chancel and quite a substantial W tower are Perpendicular. The chancel arch is flanked by two canopied niches, that on the N having been re-fixed higher up in the C19 to accommodate an absurd opening, which has very obviously weakened the chancel arch abutment. The S niche shows colour traces. The C14 sedilia and piscina must have been fine when complete. A lot of C15 glass canopy work is now incorporated in the glazed tower screen. It has poor box pews with only a few poppy-heads in the nave. The pulpit is Jacobean and the font has an old C13 base. On the N wall is a dim painting of St Christopher which is late C14 (S1)(S2).

See ALP 032 for Churchyard

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Cautley H M. 1975. Suffolk Churches. 217.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. 75.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Scarfe N, Domesday Churches.

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Record last edited

Feb 20 2018 12:27PM

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