Cavendish, St Mary the Virgin, Cavendish

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A church in the Stour Valley Benefice

Welcome  to the parish church dedicated to St Mary. It has stood at the heart of the small Suffolk village of Cavendish since the middle ages. Worship continues to this day, though it may be a little different to that when the church was first completed. As you wander around, take a moment to offer a prayer for those who first built the church. We hope you enjoy your visit to St Mary’s and appreciated the simplicity and brightness of the church, with its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.




A Saxon Church at Cavendish is mentioned in the Domesday Book.  The present building dates from about 1300 to about 1485, with some 19th century additions and alterations.

1300: The Tower, the Porch and the lower parts of the walls of the aisles.

1350: South Aisle walls rebuilt to present height and new windows inserted.

1385: Chancel rebuilt with the help of a bequest from Sir John Cavendish who was Lord Chief Justice if the King’s Bench and who was beheaded during the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381.

1425: North aisle rebuilt with new windows and ceiling.

1485: Nave arcade and clerestory built.

1862: Demolition of ruined chapel in NE corner. Rebuilt to form the Rector’s vestry and the organ chamber.  Much restoration carried out.

Please refer to the noticeboards for special services and events.

Access is restricted by steps into the nave through the South West door. A portable ramp is available just inside the door

You are most welcome to all of the churches in the Stour Valley Benefice.


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Revd Stuart Mitchell
The Vicarage
High Street
CO10 8NY
01787 278482 (Rector)

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Every fourth Sunday at 8:30 AM for 1 hour
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Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
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Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
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Occasionally this service may be replaced by morning prayer with hymns
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2117
Our Patron: Duchy of Lancaster Diocesan Board of Patronage Jesus College Cambridge Lady Loch
Archdeaconry: SUDBURY (332)
Deanery: CLARE (33201)
Benefice: The Stour Valley (33/280CW)
Parish Legal Name: Cavendish (330173 )
CofE Church Info: (633173 33/173)
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The current editor is: Stuart Mitchell

This page was last updated on Tuesday 29th August 2017
Cavendish, St Mary the Virgin : Peacocks Road /The Green, Cavendish, Suffolk, CO10 8AZ

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