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English Church Architecture -

Suffolk.

 

HARLESTON, St. Augustine (TM 018 604)         (July 2006

(Bedrock:  Neogene to Quaternary, Crag Group)

 

 

This little building (shown above from the south) consists of a single cell comprising a nave and chancel combined and is beautifully situated among hedged fields, across one of which stands the picturesque Hall - a bucolic scene enhanced by the church’s thatched roof.

 

The S. doorway is Norman and has a plain round arch supported on abaci with concave under edges.  The only windows that appear mediaeval, however, are Early English in style and consist of a single lancet to the north and a restored plain lancet and trefoil-cusped lancet to the south, the latter, perhaps, of c. 1300.  Other windows are Victorian (Pevsner said “of 1860”) and possibly contemporary with the little bell-turret that now sits above the building’s W. end.  There are no other external features of note.

 

Inside the church, the chancel is structurally divided from the nave only by being approached up a single step, while the area forming the sanctuary is established by another.  There is, however, a simple rood screen, composed of three ogee-headed, one-light divisions either side of the central opening, supported on turned shafts and with tracery consisting principally of circles formed of three mouchettes.  (See the detail illustrated below.)  The date may be the early to mid fourteenth century.  The roofs are ceiled, leaving one exposed tie beam across each of the nave and chancel.   The font is entirely plain and there are no monuments.