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St Laurence's Church dates from a 13th century rebuild of a church mentioned in the Domesday Book when the village was recorded as Coclesworth. A century later it was more than doubled in size by the Chamberlain family and consequently now comprises two gables. The other church of the parish, St Peter’s, has been a ruin since political upheavals in Cromwellian times. After confiscating the village from the defeated Royalists, Oliver Cromwell donated it in 1649 to the Pilgrim Fathers who used its rental income to further their cause. Most of the buildings surrounding the church still bear the inscription of their builder N.E.C. standing for the New England Company which was the corporate wing of “The Society for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and Parts Adjacent in America”. In 1869 the village was sold to Duleep Singh, Maharajah of Punjab, and again in 1894 to the Guinness family, in whose ownership it remains within the Elveden Farms Estate.
The church of St Laurence holds regular choral concerts using the newly restored organ and organises popular social events in the adjacent Reading Room. It also has an active bell ringing group.
On the third Sunday of each month we don't have a service in Freckenham, as we join with our 5 sister churches and get together to worship at St Mary's Mildenhall.
Please see our website at www.mildenhallanglicanchurches.org
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8 Church Walk Mildenhall
Tel: 01638 711930 (Priest-in-Charge) or 07596927123 (Administrator - 1.30-3.30pm Mondays, 11am -3pm Fri)
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