Shelland, King Charles the Martyr, Shelland

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It is known that a church has stood on this site for over 600 years, although its earlier dedication is unknown. The church fell seriously into disrepair after the Reformation and it was not until 1646 that Thomas Cropley, the then owner, had the courage during the Civil War to rebuild and rededicate the church to King Charles the royal martyr. It is one of only six in the country so dedicated.

The church is best known for its famous barrel organ, being the only one in regular use. It was made in 1810 and has three wooden barrels each of which contain 12 tunes.

The pulpit adds a further unique feature as it is a triple-decker, consisting of a pulpit, reading desk and clerk's pew. The congregation's seating is in plain box pews, which date back to the 18th century.

Shelland has a single bell, dating back to 1624 and founded by T. Cheese of Bury St Edmunds.

The old altar rail has close packed balasters to prevent dogs getting inside the chancel.

There is ample car parking on the green outside the church.

Families are always welcome to all of the services, but those more suited to their needs have been specially highlighted.

The building is the focus of our church community which gathers week by week to engage with God’s Mission of love to the world.  Will you join us on our journey and perhaps make it yours?

We give shape to our work by following the 'Five Marks of Mission' adopted by the Anglican Church worldwide, and seek to show them both in our communal and individual lives. They are to:

  • proclaim the good news of the Kingdom
  • teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • respond to human need by loving service
  • seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenging violence, injustice and oppression and working for peace and reconciliation
  • strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth

We have strong links with Gt Finborough Church School catering for children from 4 to 11 from this parish. We welcome enquiries for Weddings and Baptisms which should be made to the Priest-in-Charge.

You will be most welcome to join us in our worship or at any of our events detailed in OHSMag or by contacting the Priest-in-Charge or Churchwarden who will be happy to help.

We are in a benefice with Onehouse, Great Finborough, Harleston and Buxhall and linked with the churches at Combs and Little Finborough, who you will find have a similar focus for their work.

Priest-in-Charge:  The Revd Chris Childs (01449 673280)

Churchwarden: Rosemary Roe (01449 736591)

Churchwarden: Lisa Hicks (01359 245013)


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The Revd Chris Childs
Combs Rectory
135 Poplar Hill
(01449) 673280

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Reflective Morning Prayer
A morning service of a contemplative nature using music and silence.
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Holy Communion
Every second Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Traditional English worship in Cramner's English, sometimes a sung worship.
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Other information
Priest in charge: The Revd Christopher CHILDS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2081
Our Patron: Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Archdeaconry: IPSWICH (331)
Deanery: STOWMARKET (33106)
Parish Legal Name: Shelland (330131 )
CofE Church Info: (633131 33/131)
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The current editor is: Rachel Cornish

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 30th May 2017
Shelland, King Charles the Martyr : The Green, Shelland, Suffolk, IP14 3JE

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