The soaring spire of St Mary’s Woolpit seen from the A14 is the best clue to where this remarkable cluster of churches lies in the heart of Mid Suffolk.
Rattlesden, Hessett and Shelland are all within three miles of Woolpit and you can do a circular cycle ride round them all on a day out.
Out of the way feel with rolling fields, pretty hedgerows and unspoilt villages.
The tall Victorian spire can be seen for miles but the real glory of the exterior is the superb two-storey, pinnacled porch. Inside this Suffolk church, the woodcarving is breathtaking, from the exquisite medieval bench ends to the intricate, six-tiered angel roof.
This tiny gem with its little bell turret and complete set of Georgian box pews contains something of a rarity. The barrel organ, dating from 1820 with over 30 different tunes, is still in use.
This handsome church sits in rolling countryside high above the village. Inside you’ll see one of the most complete replicas of a medieval rood, loft and rood screen in England. The real glory of the church is the spectacular angel roof exquisitely carved in the 1880s. The lovely 20th century glass should not be overlooked.
This is a very beautiful little church named for a Saxon king of East Anglia murdered in 794. The tower is decorated with angels, parapets and pinnacles, and inside fine woodcarving, medieval glass and 15th century wall paintings await the visitor. Learn more about the discovery of medieval treasures, now in the British Museum.
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 [...]
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