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St Nicholas Church, Brandiston
A flint church seen from the southwest.  From the left are a round tower with an octagonal top, the west gable, the south porch, and the south wall of the nave with large windows
St Nicholas Church from the southwest
Coordinates: 52°44′53″N 1°10′16″E / 52.7480°N 1.1712°E / 52.7480; 1.1712
OS grid reference TG 141 214
Location Brandiston, Norfolk
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
History
Dedication Saint Nicholas
Architecture
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 10 May 1961
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Specifications
Materials Flint with limestone dressings
Tiled roofs

St Nicholas Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Brandiston, Norfolk, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It stands next to Brandiston Hall.

History

The oldest standing part of the church is the lower part of the tower, which dates from the 12th century. The present north aisle was originally the nave, and it still contains some 12th-century fabric. The rest of the north aisle and the nave date from the 14th century. The chancel and south porch were added in the 15th century. By the 18th century the chancel had been demolished. In the 19th century the octagonal top was added to the tower. The church was substantially restored in 1844.

Architecture

The church is constructed in flint rubble with limestone dressings. The roofs are tiled. Its plan is simple, consisting of a nave with a north aisle, the eastern end of the nave acting as the chancel, a south porch and a west tower. The lower part of the tower is round, with an octagonal top stage. The west wall of the nave has a three-light window. In the south wall are three large windows, one in Decorated style, the other two Perpendicular. Supporting the east wall are two brick buttresses.

Inside the church is a three-bay arcade supported on quatrefoil piers, with double-chamfered arches. The nave ceiling is plastered. All the fittings and benches date from the 19th century. The windows in the south wall of the nave contain some medieval stained glass.

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