Hammerbeam. One of several styles of roof found in Suffolk churches, Hammerbeam roofs are usually considered the highest form of the craft. Dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, the need for cross-beams is obviated by the support of the roof's thrust on hammers along the north and south nave walls. Angels, shields or other figures are placed at the ends of the hammers. Many excellent examples can be seen; the best is probably Needham Market, although Blythburgh, Mildenhall, Woolpit and Earl Stonham are also magnificent..