In the far North West of Suffolk in the Brecks is one of the five market towns in the area and Barton Mills is a pleasant walk away along the River Lark. Following the course of the river, Icklingham is five miles east on the Icknield Way. Gazeley is some eight miles to the south.
The strange and beautiful landscape of the Brecks with its forest, ancient heath and lines of twisted Scots pines.
Mildenhall’s hexagonal cross was once the scene of public hangings but today it is known and loved for its regular markets that date back to the 15th century.
This Suffolk church is one of the country’s finest, with its 40-metre tower, magnificent porch, and spectacular roof filled with angels taking flight. The grand east window, dating back more than 600 years, is one of the many treasures in this immense church. Linger to examine the extraordinary carvings on the 20th century bench ends and to admire the elaborate tomb of Sir Henry North.
Now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, the church is of Norman origin and largely rebuilt in the 14th century, a time of great prosperity in the region. Since it has not been used as a parish church for over 100 years, it remains one of the best examples of an unspoilt Suffolk church, and a treasure house of craftsmanship in local materials.
A wonderful mural of the Good Shepherd above the chancel arch was designed by the great Victorian architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Closer inspection reveals other treasures such as a window restored with original medieval glass discovered under the floor in 1904.
This noble medieval church, with its unusual 14th century east window, stands on a high point in the village centre. The spacious chancel has an early 16th century wagon roof, said to be the best of its kind in Suffolk.
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! [...]