Monument record HAD 032 - Church of St Mary (Med)

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Hadleigh church lies in diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, archdeaconry of Ipswich, deanery of Hadleigh.


Grid reference Centred TM 0256 4247 (98m by 135m)
Map sheet TM04SW


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Full Description

Hadleigh church lies in diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, archdeaconry of Ipswich, deanery of Hadleigh. Status : rectory (S3).
The structure is : chancel, chapels, vestry, clerestory, nave, S aisle, N aisle, S porch, W tower (S2).
The E window in the chancel is of 7 lights and is composed of two tiers. On the E side of the chancel is a handsome altar piece which consists of a central section with a circular pediment supported by two fluted pillars. There is also a priests doorway in the chancel. The chancel roof is almost flat and divided into panels with grotesque figures and faces as bosses. To the N of the sanctuary is an Easter sepulchre recess with panelled and traceried vaulting; it is late Perpendicular. There is a C15 vestry to the N of the chancel which has a very fine vaulted stone roof ornamented with bosses representing angels, human faces, etc. The E and W walls of the vestry are panelled to about half way up. The woodwork is apparently late C15. The chamber over the vestry has a handsome roof of wood and is approached by a stone staircase. C14 font. C13 clock bell probably oldest in Suffolk, C14 recess in S aisle supposedly the tomb of King Guthrum who died in C9(?). Further details in (S1)(S2), especially C14 work.
Grammar School in house in Churchyard (prior 1382)(S3).
Scarfe records this as a probable Domesday minster (S4). For possible footings of possible earlier church claimed to have been built by King Guthrum, see Un and Sax.
Hadleigh has one of the tallest lead spires in England of circa 1350 (Harris's Guide to Churches and Cathedrals).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • --- Bibliographic reference: Harris, B.L.. 2006. Harris's Guide to Churches and Cathedrals.
  • <S1> (No record type): Oakes J H P, On fonts, PSIA, 1, 1853, 22.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU (Atkinson R G), Summary of documentary sources for churches in Suffolk, 1986, Ms.
  • <S3> (No record type): SAU, Suffolk Parishes, a guide to their archaeology and history, 1984- 1985, ms.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Scarfe n, 'Domesday Churches' 3rd ed, 1999, map 21.

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Mar 5 2015 1:50PM

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