St Andrew's Church, Sapiston

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St Andrew's Church, Sapiston
A stone church with red-tiled roofs seen from the south; on the left is an embattled tower, and to the right is the nave with a south porch, and a lower chancel
St Andrew's Church, Sapiston, from the south
St Andrew's Church, Sapiston is located in Suffolk
St Andrew's Church, Sapiston
St Andrew's Church, Sapiston
Location in Suffolk
Coordinates: 52°19′58″N 0°49′02″E / 52.3328°N 0.8172°E / 52.3328; 0.8172
OS grid reference TL 921 743
Location Sapiston, Suffolk
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 14 July 1955
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Materials Flint, with some ragstone
Tiled roofs

St Andrew's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Sapiston, Suffolk, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It stands at the end of a track to the south of the village, adjacent to Grange Farm and near to a ford crossing the Black Bourne stream.[3] The church served what became a deserted medieval village[2][4]


The oldest part of the church is the Norman south doorway which dates from the 12th century.[1][5] The remainder of the nave, the chancel and the tower date from the 14th century.[2] The church underwent a restoration in 1847.[5] The parish of Sapiston was combined with that of Honington in 1972.[6] Two years later St Andrew's was declared redundant and was vested in the Redundant Churches Fund (the forerunner of the Churches Conservation Trust).[5]



The church is constructed in flint, with some ragstone. The steeply pitched roofs are tiled. Its plan consists of a nave with a south porch, a chancel and a west tower. The tower is in three stages, separated by string courses, without buttresses. It has an internal staircase and an embattled parapet. In the top stage are two-light bell openings with Y-tracery. The south porch dates from the 15th century, and has a plain doorway and two two-light windows in each side wall. It is floored with medieval coffin lids.[1] The south doorway has two orders of columns, and three orders in the round-headed arch. The inner order of the arch is plain, and the outer two orders are decorated with acanthus leaves, which is an unusual motif in Suffolk.[1][5] Above the arch is a weathered stone carved with the image of a face, probably human.[5] Along the south wall of the church are two two-light windows with Y-tracery, and another two-light window with a Tudor arch. In the south wall of the chancel is a single-light window, and a doorway with pointed arch. The east window has three lights with reticulated tracery.[1]


Inside the church, on the north wall of the nave, are the remains of an Easter Sepulchre. Above this are traces of a wall painting.[1] This depicts the martyrdom of Saint Edmund.[4] Around the walls are benches, two of which are smaller with low seats, which were probably intended for children.[1] The octagonal font dates form the 13th century; it is plain and has a damaged Jacobean cover.[1][2][4] In the chancel is a piscina with an ogee head, and a blocked south window.[1] The church contains a memorial to the poet Robert Bloomfield, and the royal arms of George II.[4] The four bells have been dismounted; three of them are dated 1591, 1608 and 1730.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Historic England, "Church of St Andrew, Sapiston (1031294)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 September 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d St Andrew's Church, Sapiston, Suffolk, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 25 March 2011 
  3. ^ Sapiston, Streetmap, retrieved 11 January 2011 
  4. ^ a b c d Sapiston, St Andrew's Church, Britain Express, retrieved 11 January 2011 
  5. ^ a b c d e Baxter, Ron (2008), St Andrew, Sapiston, Suffolk, Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, retrieved 11 January 2011 
  6. ^ Welcome to the Blackbourne Team Website, Blackbourne Team, retrieved 11 January 2011 

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