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.
NEXT SUNDAY 17th February
10.00 am Morning Prayer
CODDENHAM WALL HANGING
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 email@example.com