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All Saints, Chevington, Suffolk

(52°12′36″N, 0°37′1″E)
TL 789 601
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Suffolk
now Suffolk
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

All Saints' has an aisleless 12thc. nave with one original lancet on the N side and original N and S doorways, the S under a 14thc. wooden porch, heavily restored. The chancel is 13thc., and there is a Perpendicular W tower with diagonal buttresses and flushwork on the plinth. An extra storey has been added above the bell-storey, open to the sky and with battlements and tall crocketed finials on the corner merlons, and this dates from the restoration of the Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry,c.1800. Construction is of flint with a brick battlement on the nave. A major restoration took place in 1910, and the chancel was reordered in 1984; the floor had been lowered at the end of the 17thc., and now a horseshoe-shaped brick dais was built up as a communion platform. The only Romanesque sculpture is on the S doorway of c.1200, but the plain N doorway is described here too.


In 1086, and before the Conquest, Chevington was held as a manor by the abbot and monks of Bury St Edmund's, supporting sheep, goats, pigs and cattle. It had a church with 30 acres of free land.

Benefice of Chevington with Hargrave, Chedburgh with Depden, Rede and Hawkedon.


Exterior Features



The south doorway dates fromc.1200, with the introduction of stiff-leaf and dogtooth to a round-arched doorway. The ambiguity introduced into the arch and jamb orders, in particular the treatment of the arch as a series of rolls and hollows with no clear order divisions, perhaps points to the 13thc. rather than the 12thc.

H. M. Cautley, Suffolk Churches and their Treasures. London 1937, 241.
D. P. Mortlock, The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches: 1 West Suffolk. Cambridge 1988, 44-46.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. E. Radcliffe 1975, 164-65.