A country church in a delightful peaceful setting on high ground surrounded by trees in the Suffolk countryside
While walking round the churchyard I noticed on the North side there were many graves spanning three hundred years belonging to the Garrould family.
There’s a poignant solitary grave of a child on the SE end of the churchyard. As this churchyard is now a wild life sanctuary I imagine it won’t be long before this sad little grave will soon be lost from sight in the undergrowth
St Peter’s is mainly built with flint and rubble, but the 1713 East wall has a lozenge pattern in red brick which surrounds the East window. The 1713 window was replaced during the 1876 restoration of the church. The SE buttress has this date incorporated into it’s stone work
At the East end of the South wall there is a 1888 flying buttress sheltering a C14 blocked up priest’s door…
...there is a similar buttress on the North wall. Presumably these were added to strengthen the church walls after the roof was renewed in 1876
There is also a simple Norman door which is blocked up on the North side of the church
The original tower was believed to have been built about 1150 although Saxon work was found in it’s ruins when the present 1911 tower was erected – the previous one having fallen down by 1725
Entry into the church is via the C15 South porch which was restored in 1733
Inside the porch is the early C14 medieval church doorway which has head-stops of a Bishop and a King on either side, sadly these are now badly eroded.
The interior of St Peter’s is long and narrow with a C19 tiled floor. It is a plain building with no rood screen to divide nave from chancelDuring the C19 restoration the old C18 box pews were replaced by simple bench seating.
The early C15 font has shields set in quatrefoils carved on it’s bowl
This small country church is known as the *plough church* and an old plough is kept in the chancel. A special service is held here on plough day in January each year.
The remains of the rood stairs are still in situ near the chancel steps
The unusual 1897 lectern is dedicated to the Garrould family who were long standing worshippers at this church
The pulpit is C19 but done in the style of the C17
Brasses for the Browne family are placed on the East end of the South wall of the nave - they lived at Burghards Manor Spexhall in the C16
There's a memorial on the North wall for men who lost their lives during the Great War 1914-1918
A set of Arms of George ll hang by the South door
A war memorial can be seen at the NE end of the churchyard
church and can always be found open. There are many other items of interest to see here.
A visit is recommended