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Saint Marys Church

  • Church Wardens -   Ian Galbraith - 01449 760207

  •                                  Margaret Baker 01449 760207

Rev'd Philip Payne Priest -in-Charge

The Rectory, The Street, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AQ




The magnificent tower of St Mary’s dates from the fourteenth century and by then the plan of the church was much as we know it today. Parts of the building are considerably older, though, and if you look at the chancel from the village side you will see a Norman slit window, showing that this is an ancient wall. In the thirteenth century the lower part of the tower and the basic layout of the present nave and aisles were built and the chancel extended. The building material included Roman bricks and tiles as well as local flints.


In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries the aisles were raised and the beautiful clerestory  with its crenellations and black flint panels was added to the top of the nave walls. Close inspection of it shows several inscriptions, including the letter M for Mary, the mother of Jesus. The tower was also heightened at this time and now houses a fine ring of eight bells. The porch, built at an oblique to angle to the church, has distinctive flint flushwork.


There are many interesting features inside the church. Look out for


The glorious double hammer beam roof with wallposts carved into figures. The angels date from the late nineteenth century - the originals were probably mutilated by Puritans 250 years earlier.


The brick staircase to the left of the chancel, which would originally have led to a rood screen (removed at the Reformation).


A Jacobean pulpit, part of an original ‘three decker’ pulpit

On the nave and aisle walls, six funerary hatchments of the Bacon and Longe families and, in the chancel, three impressive wall monuments.

The late seventeenth century clock mechanism in the south west corner, a bier from about the same time, and the iron-bound fourteenth century parish chest.

Ancient graffiti in the stonework of some of the pillars.

The congregation of St Mary’s extends a warm welcome to visitors and details of the services are available in the Six Village News and on this website. Many other events are held in the church, making it a focal point for the village community, not only for regular churchgoers. These include flower festivals, concerts, and monthly coffee mornings.








10.00am Sunday 9th December

        Morning Prayer

Celebrate Christmas at St Mary’s Coddenham



Candlelit Carol Service

with the Benefice Choir

Sunday 23rd December at 4pm


Christmas Eve

Crib and Christingle service at 4pm


Christmas Communion

11.30pm on Christmas Eve


Christmas Morning

Family Christmas Celebration service at 10am with refreshments from 9.30am and family friendly activities.


We will be pleased to offer all our cake and preserve-makers a glass of mulled wine on 8 December as a thank you for their contribution throughout the year.  Please join us then.

The next Coffee Morning will be held in March 2019 when we will be celebrating FairTrade Fortnight.

Sue Groom


East of England Co-op

Brass Band


Christmas at Coddenham

Festive Brass

Sunday 9th December 2018 3pm

St Mary's Church, Coddenham


Tickets £10.00 per person / Children Free

Including seasonal refreshments


Tickets can be purchased from the Coddenham Foof Store

 or from

Matgaret on 01449 760207 or

Ann on 01449 761819


proceeds to the Church Fabric Fund



A 12-page booklet has been produced about the Coddenham Wall Hanging 2017.  It is available in 2 sizes:  A5 for £5 and A4 for £7. If you were involved in this community project, this would make an ideal souvenir. All proceeds from sale go towards the Church Fabric Fund.’ Copies are available from Mary Payne - 07901 758009 or pjma_payne@hotmail.com



St Mary’s Church, Coddenham

Saturday 8 December

10.00 – 12 noon


We will be serving fresh coffee,

mulled wine and warm mince pies


We will be holding a Christmas table/mantelpiece

decoration demonstration at 11.00 am;

also, a raffle to win both the completed decoration

and a Christmas hamper

There will also be

seasonal, star-shaped activities for the children

We look forward to seeing you!!!

All proceeds to the Church Fabric Fund





Blank stars can be collected at the coffee morning

On December 8th