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The decision to put a church building on the National Heritage List for England and assign it a listing grade is made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The decision is normally based on recommendations made by Historic England, the government’s adviser on the historic environment.
The decision to schedule a feature (building, monument, archaeological remains, etc.) located within the church building’s precinct or churchyard is made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The decision is based on recommendations made by Historic England, the government’s adviser on cultural heritage.
National Parks are areas of countryside that include villages and towns, which are protected because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. In England, National Parks are designated by Natural England, the government’s advisor on the natural environment.
Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historic interest where it is desirable to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of such areas. Conservation Areas are designated by the Local Council.
The Heritage at Risk programme is run and managed by Historic England, the government’s advisor on cultural heritage. It aims to protect and manage the historic environment, so that the number of ‘at risk’ historic places and sites across England are reduced.
Selecting a single date for the construction of a church building can sometimes be very difficult as most CoE buildings have seen many phases of development over time. The CHR allows you to record a time period rather than a specific date.
The CHR records the time period for the building’s predominant fabric as opposed to the date of the earliest fabric or the church’s foundation date.
If you notice any errors with the below outlines of your connected churchyards, please email email@example.com with the corrections needed.
This could include information on new churchyards, edits to the boundaries shown, or different land characteristics.
We are working on adding the consecrated land found within local authority cemeteries, and in time, this data will be shown on the map.
The administrative area within which the church is located.
This field describes the setting of the church building, i.e. the surroundings in which the church building is experienced, and whether or not it makes a positive or negative contribution to the significance of the building.
A signpost halfway between Needham Market and Stowmarket in mid-Suffolk indicates the little track which leads west wards off the B1115 towards this church.
Provide as written description of the ground plan of the church building and well as its dimensions.
West tower, nave without aisles; south porch; chancel.
Very Large (>1000m2)
This field aims to record the archaeological potential of the wider area around the building and churchyard, as well as the history of site.
There was a church here at the time of Domesday in 1096, but of this nothing appears to survive. The earlier features discernible in the present fabric are the south doorway and a blocked lancet in the north chancel wall, both of c.1200. Most of the windows are Perpendicular and the brick uppermost stage of the tower seems to be early sixteenth-century. The church was not restored in the nineteenth century, but a gentle restoration was done in 1926 by William Weir on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings at a cost of £332.10.0. There have been more recent works of repair, but no alterations.
This field aims to record a written description of the exterior of the church building and the churchyard.
The walls of the south nave and chancel are rendered, so that little archaeological evidence may be discerned. The nave has three features. First, reading from west to east, is the doorway, sheltered by a timber porch, closed by a hurdle. This has a two-centred outer arch and prettily cusped barge-boards and is built of old oak timbers, It shelters a doorway of c.1200 with plain chamfered jambs and arch and chamfered imposts of a profile repeated in the hood-mould. The door itself, made up of three thick grooved planks, is probably fifteenth-century and has the unusual feature of an iron grille in the upper part of the middle plank. To the west of the doorway the wall is blind; to the east there are two three-light windows of differing design. First a large window with cusped ogee-headed lights and panel tracery under an arch with almost straight sides and outlined by a moulded hood. Secondly there is a small window with simpler ogee-headed lights with brick infilling in the spandrels under a straight moulded head. The jambs are chamfered but there is no label.
In the chancel the south wall has first a two-light window with ogee-headed lights, small pierced panels in the spandrels and a moulded label. To the east of this is a splendid early Georgian wall monument standing under a moulded two-centred hood. This takes the form of a pedimented frame like a fireplace surmounted by an urn and enclosing the sarcophagus; the whole monument is enclosed by an iron railing; it dates from 1728. To the east of it there is the moulded hood of a long blocked window. The nave and chancel walls are continuous and there are no angle buttresses anywhere in the building. The south-east angle of the chancel has stone quoins with a chamfer up the corner, and the upper stones have been replaced with tiles under the rendering. The east wall has a three-light window with cinquefoil-headed main lights and panel tracery in a two-centred arch outlined by a moulded hood. The north wall of the chancel has one small blocked lancet light with a rebate for glass and holes for the stanchions and saddlebars. To the west of it, close to the abutment of the nave, is a three-light window similar to the first described nave window, but less tall.
A Georgian brick buttress supports the eastern part of the north nave wall - and well it might, since the rood stair at this point evidently greatly weakened the wall and the outer face fell away, probably in the eighteenth century, to reveal the brick steps and the inner face of the staircase. The stone arch at the foot may be seen and so may the cruder timber lintel of the upper arch. Further west is a three-light window like that in the south wall opposite. Beyond it is a second brick buttress. The north walls of the nave and chancel are continuous like the south walls, the only difference being a change in the height of the roof ridge the chancel being about two feet lower than the nove and with a roof is slightly shallower pitch. The north wall of the church is unrendered.
The tower is rectangular in plan and of three stages. The lowest is very tall, and in the west wall has a huge five-light Perpendicular window, the largest window in the church. It has five ogee-headed main lights of equal height and panel tracery above within a four-centred arch having a moulded hood. It was evidently a later insertion, and to butiross the tower the north and south walls were doubled in thickness under tied weatherings at a slightly lower level than the nave roof. The spiral stair case for access to the bell-chamber is on the north side, semi-hexagonal in plan with a stone cap and one small rectangular light. The silence chamber is not exposed externally except that it has a small trefoil headed light with a moulded label in the south wall. The upper stage of the tower is of Tudor brick, with a four centred recessed arch in each face containing a pair of four-centred openings closed by wooden grilles. The severely plain parapet appears to have been rebuilt.
This field is an index of the building and its major components
This field is an index of the building’s material composition
This field aims to record a written description of the interior of the church building.
The interior of the church retains a rare unrestored atmosphere. The simple yellow-washed plaster walls and ochre quarry tiles on the floor provide the perfect setting for an assembly of black marble ledger slabs of the Poley family (who lived at Badley for many generations from the late fourteenth century) and for the characteristic assembly of woodwork of several different dates which, partly because of its beautiful silvery grey colouring, remains the most memorable feature of the church.
The plastered walls are continuous in nave and chancel, with a dado lined out to resemble ashlar masonry. Although there is no chancel arch, the change is distinguished both by the lower part of the mediaeval screen set amongst the later pews and by the change of the roof structure. The chancel has no visible timbers and is simply covered by a plaster vault of five faces above the ashlar pieces. The nave roof, on the other hand, has three moulded and cambered tie-beams with octagonal king-posts and four-way struts. The easternmost of these is at the point where a chancel arch would have been, had one been built. The ridge piece is left unplastered along the apex of the plaster nave vault. There are moulded wall-plates in nave and chancel.
The tall tower arch at the west end of the nave has three hollow-chamfered orders on the east face and two on the west, the innermost carried on simple corbels and the others dying into the walls. High above the floor on the north side is the small doorway giving access to the tower stair. There is a small organ in the tower space and in front of this stands the early thirteenth-century font on an octagonal step. In the south wall of the nave, close to the south door, is a chamfered recess which probably held a holy water stoup, and in the north wall further east the upper part of the blocked doorway to the rood stair forms a niche. The red quarry tiles on the floor have a series of fine ledger slabs down the central alley, and in the chancel they are almost completely replaced by ledgers. There are two monuments on the chancel walls, and on each side of the brightly coloured east window there are boards painted with the usual texts. The Communion table stands on a raised platform two steps above the level of the rest of the church floor, and the reredos is simply a panel painted with a text.
The arrangement of pews is of considerable interest, and presumablyrepresents a mid-eighteenth century liturgical plan, even though almost all the woodwork is of a much earlier date. The key is the base of the mediaeval chancel screen, which survives up to dado level. To the east of this there are two box pews on each side of the chancel for the important families of the parish. West of the screen the alley broadens and there are single pews facing inwards in collegiate fashion, again for important families. To the west of these the alley narrows again, and on the north side there are five mediaeval benches, on the south the pulpit and reading desk and then four mediaeval benches. Finally, at the back of the church are smaller benches made up of fragments of old woodwork: four on the north and three on the south, leaving an alley for the doorway. These are less wide than the benches further forward in order to leave a decent space round the font.
This field is an index of the building’s internal, architectural components. This includes its internal spaces and those areas’ fixtures and fittings (building components which are securely fixed to the church or cathedral).
This field is an index of the building’s movable, non-fixed furnishings and artworks.
This field aims to record a description of the ecology of the churchyard and surrounding setting.
The everyday wildlife of burial grounds means much to those who visit and cherish them but many burial grounds are so rich in wildlife that they should be designated and specially protected. Few have the legal protection of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or, in the case of local authority owned cemeteries, Local Nature Reserve. This makes it even more important that they are cared for and protected by the people looking after them.
Many have a non-statutory designation as a recognition of their importance. These non-statutory designations have a variety of names in different regions including Local Wildlife Site, County Wildlife Site, Site of Importance for Nature Conservation or Site of Nature Conservation Importance (Local Wildlife Site is the most common name). Their selection is based on records of the most important, distinctive and threatened species and habitats within a national, regional and local context. This makes them some of our most valuable wildlife areas.
For example, many burial grounds which are designated as Local Wildlife Sites contain species-rich meadow, rich in wildflowers, native grasses and grassland fungi managed by only occasional mowing plus raking. When this is the case, many animals may be present too, insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. This type of grassland was once widespread and has been almost entirely lost from the UK with approximately 3% remaining, so burial grounds with species-rich meadow managed in this way are extremely important for wildlife.
These designations should be considered when planning management or change.
If you think that this or any other burial ground should be designated please contact Caring for God’s Acre (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss. Many eligible sites have not yet received a designation and can be surveyed and then submitted for consideration.
There are no SSSIs within the curtilage of this CCT Church.
There are no Local nature reserves within the curtilage of this CCT Church.
There are no Local Wildlife sites within the curtilage of this CCT Church.
This field aims to record any evidence of the presence of bats in the church building or churchyard.
This field records basic information about the presence of a churchyard and its use as a burial ground.
There are no Listed Buildings within the curtilage of this CCT Church.
There are no Scheduled Monuments within the curtilage of this CCT Church.
Churchyards are home to fantastic trees, in particular ancient and veteran trees which can be the oldest indication of a sacred space and be features of extraordinary individuality. The UK holds a globally important population of ancient and veteran yew trees of which three-quarters are found in the churchyards of England and Wales.
There are more than 1,000 ancient and veteran yews aged at least 500 years in these churchyards.
To put this in context, the only other part of western Europe with a known significant yew population is Normandy in northern France, where more than 100 ancient or veteran churchyard yews have been recorded.
Burial grounds may contain veteran and ancient trees of other species such as sweet chestnut or small-leaved lime which, whilst maybe not so old as the yews, are still important for wildlife and may be home to many other species.
Specialist advice is needed when managing these wonderful trees. For more information or to seek advice please contact Caring for God’s Acre, The Ancient Yew Group and The Woodland Trust.
If you know of an ancient or veteran tree in a burial ground that is not listed here please contact Caring for God’s Acre.
There are currently no Ancient, Veteran or Notable trees connected to this CCT Church
This field is an index of the churchyard’s components.
Significance is the whole set of reasons why people value a church, whether as a place for worship and mission, as an historic building that is part of the national heritage, as a focus for the local community, as a familiar landmark or for any other reasons.
This information forms part of the Shrinking the Footprint project.
All of the species listed below have been recorded in close proximity to the
. A few species which are particularly threatened and affected by disturbance may not be listed here because their exact location cannot be shared.
NOTE: Be aware that this dataset is growing, and the species totals may change once the National Biodiversity Network has added further records. Species may be present but not recorded and still await discovery.
Caring for God’s Acre is a conservation charity working to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy the wildlife and heritage treasures found within churchyards and other burial grounds. Look on their website for information and advice and please contact their staff directly. They can help you manage this churchyard for people and wildlife.
To learn more about all of the species recorded against this church, go to the Burial Ground Portal within the NBN Atlas. You can check the spread of records through the years, discovering what has been recorded and when, plus what discoveries might remain to be uncovered.
If any of the following species have been seen close to the CCT Church, it is important to seek advice from an expert. You will need to know if they are present now, and to follow expert recommendations when planning works. All of these species have specific legal protection as a recognition of their rarity. All of them are rare or becoming increasingly endangered, so it is important to ensure that management and other works do not adversely affect them. In addition, there may be things you can do to help these special species. N.B. Swift and House Martin do not have specific legal protection but are included, as roof repair works often impact breeding swifts and house martins which is against the law.
This is not a complete list of protected species, there are many more, but these are ones that are more likely to be found. All wild birds, their nests and eggs are also protected by law, as are all bats and veteran trees. In a few cases, species are considered particularly prone to disturbance or destruction by people, so the exact location of where they were recorded is not publicly available but can be requested. These ‘blurred’ records are included here, and the accuracy is to 1km. This means that the species has been recorded in close proximity to the
CCT Church, or a maximum of 1km away from it. As these ‘blurred’ species are quite mobile, there is a strong likelihood that they can occur close to the
CCT Church. To learn about these special species, use the link provided for each species in the table below
One important species which is not included here is the Peregrine Falcon. This is protected and advice should be sought if peregrines are nesting on a church or cathedral. Peregrine records are ‘blurred’ to 10km, hence the decision not to include records here. Remember too that species not seriously threatened nationally may still be at risk in your region and be sensitive to works. You should check with local experts about this. You may also need to seek advice about invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed and aquatics colonising streams or pools, which can spread in churchyards.
N.B. If a species is not recorded this does not indicate absence. It is always good practice to survey.
Caring for God’s Acre can help and support you in looking after the biodiversity present in this special place. If you know that any of these species occur close to the
CCT Church and are not recorded here, please contact Caring for God’s Acre with details (email@example.com).
To find out more about these and other species recorded against this
CCT Church, go to the Burial Ground Portal within the NBN Atlas.
The church was the centre of many people’s lives and remains a guide to their cares and concerns. Glimpses into those lives have often come down to us in the stories we heard as children or old photographs discovered in tattered shoe boxes. Perhaps your ancestors even made it into local legend following some fantastic event? You can choose to share those memories with others and record them for future generations on this Forum.
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