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All Saints, Mettingham, Suffolk

(52°27′24″N, 1°28′35″E)
TM 363 900
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Suffolk
now Suffolk
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

All Saints has a nave with a S aisle, chancel and round W tower, all of flint, partly rendered. The nave and arcade are 14thc., with Perpendicular windows but no S clerestorey. There is a S aisle doorway under a simple brick porch and an unprotected 12thc. N doorway. The nave is roofed with lead and the chancel with slate with 19thc. cresting. The tower has a Perpendicular W window and bell openings, and a battlemented parapet decorated with flushwork. The N doorway is the only Romanesque feature.


The manor was held by Warin from Earl Hugh in 1086, and this holding included a church with 20 acres. By the end of the 13thc. the lord was Sir John de Norwich, and the manor stayed in his line until 1373, when it passed to a cousin, Catharine de Brews, who was a nun at Dartford (Kent). She conveyed it to the college at Mettingham Castle, where it remained until the Dissolution. This college was instituted in 1382, when a licence was granted to remove the master and priests of Raveham College, Norfolk to Mettingham Castle, but the proposal was opposed by the nuns of nearby Bungay and the foundation was not actually set up until 1393. It had 13 chaplains and a large endowment including the manors of Ling, How, Blackworth, Hadeston, Snoring Parva, Ilketshall, Shipmeadow, Melles, Bromfield, Wenhaston, Redisham and Mettingham, and the advowsons of the churches of Raveningham, Norton, Carlton Rode and Ling.

Wainford benefice, i.e. Ringsfield, Redisham, Barsham with Shipmeadow, Mettingham and Ilketshall St Andrew.


Exterior Features



The radial billet label is similar to that at Redisham.

H. M. Cautley, Suffolk Churches and their Treasures. London 1937, 293.
D. P. Mortlock, The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches: 3 East Suffolk. Cambridge 1992, xxx.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. E. Radcliffe 1975, 362.
A. Suckling, The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk, I. London 1846, 168-83.