Clare is an historic market town in the South West corner of Suffolk and Cavendish is the neighbouring village — a five-minute drive or a pleasant walk away. Kedington is 10 minutes by car, while the village of Cowlinge is further off the beaten track but less than 20 minutes drive from Clare. All are in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk.
Rolling countryside and lovely half-timbered houses, some with elaborate plasterwork called pargetting. You may at times feel as though you are stepping into Tudor England.
This large and handsome building is described by author Simon Jenkins as floating on the skyline ‘like a great ship, with a small tower for a fo’c’sle and two turrets for masts’. Light streams through the lavish arcades of this Suffolk church from the clerestory glass and the large west window. Look out for the gallery of 15th century roof faces and try out the handsome private pews, one bearing the emblems of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.
Don’t be fooled by the ungainly appearance of this church. Step inside and it will take your breath away with its full complement of 16th century furnishings. Over 20 Barnardiston monuments have caused this church to be known as the Westminister Abbey of Suffolk.
This large church has a distinctive brick tower built by the Lord of the Manor Francis Dickins in 1733 whose fine memorial can be found in the beautiful chancel. The crown post roof dates from the 14th century and the rood screen from about 1400. Over the chancel arch is a painting of St Michael weighing the souls of the dead. Note the fine Royal arms above the musicians’ gallery.
Set in a cluster of thatched cottages across the village green, St Mary’s displays fine flint flushwork on its clerestory and battlements. Light pours in through the vast east window and in the nave is a gorgeous 16th century altarpiece of the crucifixion framed by a gilded altarpiece.
The Angels & Pinnacles project has included workshops for schools and workshops for older people where they can learn about their local church heritage and how to take decent photographs with a digital camera.
Churches also have events throughout the year so keep an eye on these pages to find out more.
He has appeared on television with Jeremy Paxman on ‘Who do you think you are’ and with Aled Jones on Songs of Praise at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Clive Paine’s specialism is medieval church buildings and ‘Clive Paine Let Loose’ will [...]
Church music composer and organ recitalist Alan Wilson will give an Organ Recital in the beautiful church of St Mary’s Barton Mills. Tickets cost £10 and include a refreshment in the interval. They are available from Julia Clarke email@example.com 01638 [...]
The Nonsuch Singers are known as ‘one of London’s best chamber choirs’ and will sing a selection of sacred and secular music. Tickets can be obtained from Geoffrey Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org and 0187 277731, Harris & Harris Bookshop, Clare, Compact [...]
What is the Battle of Flodden and why is Framlingham church marking its 500th anniversary? The Battle of Flodden took place when the Scottish King James IV invaded England while Henry VIII and his troops who were busy invading France! [...]