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Gressenhall, St Mary's Church,
Gressenhall, St Mary's Church.



Gressenhall, St Mary's Church, The first two stages of the tower are Norman, the second stage has two semi-circular openings with a central shaft. The top of the tower is 15th century. it is said to be approached by a staircase in the Hastings Chapel, south transept. to a room above and from there to the tower. There is a very much defaced 14th century font, and arcades. Four parts remain of the lower part of the rood screen, with painted figures of four Latin doctors and S.S. Leonard, Margaret and Anthony, inscribed labels and very defaced. In the roof are two kneeling angels, there is also a 16th century sedilia with flat cusped arches and tracery above. A carved stone graphically depicts the stoning of Stephen. There is a Arms of Stuart, possibly those of Charles II, (Cautley) Gressenhall, St Mary's Church, Nave with aisles, central tower, 5 bells, transepts, chancel and south porch. The base of the tower is Norman, but the rest of church is mainly Perpendicular. The north transept is called Feraur's chantry and the south Hasting's chapel. There are memorials to Davy, Estmond, Le Strange and Vassey families. Several of the internal fittings are modern. It is a fine flint walled church in the shape of a cross, and has a story old enough for signs of Saxon building to come to light. The top storey of the central tower rests on a base with Norman masonry,and over a western arch is a Norman window with a zig-zag hood. The tall arcades of the nave are 14th century; in the 15th century chancel are canopied sedilia and a piscina with flattened arches. Above these in the wall is a small old sculture showing the stoning of Stephen. On a blocked north doorway is a mitre and a crown. The church had a gallery, that pulled down 200 plus years ago.

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Gressenhall, St Mary's Church,
Gressenhall, St Mary's Church,
Gressenhall, St Mary's Church,
Gressenhall, St Mary's Church,