Gt Glemham, All Saints
Welcome to All Saints’ Church Gt Glemham
We are sited in a small parish of 180 people in a particularly delightful piece of gently undulating Suffolk countryside and are one of seven churches in the surrounding benefice.
The church is open during daylight hours.
There is storage for the village archive within the church and the parish registers and census returns are on permanent display with easy access.
As you approach our main door you will see a one-handed clock on the church tower that dates from 1770 and is still in use today. The earliest features are the chancel windows which date to the 13th century and our most recent addition was that of the bell ringing platform completed with the Queen Elizabeth II coat of arms to celebrate her majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. This was the last of the work that included converting part of the vestry into a disabled toilet (accessed from the outside through the West door) and a kitchenette housed in what looks like a vestry chest.
The greatest treasure of All Saints’ is the octagonal seven sacrament font and is a masterpiece of 15th century stonemasons’ art; sadly defaced in parts during the reformation – but still beautiful. It also has a ‘crucifix lily’ among the trefoil-headed lilies in pots on panels around the stem.
The roof shows the original 15th century timber framework with angels looking down, and 24 lovely carved bosses including a ‘green man’ and ‘pie crust’ designs.
All Saints is not a museum, but a building with a purpose, and as such, it is cherished and cared for by the people of this small community who meet regularly for Christian worship, as they have done for hundreds of years and look forward to greeting new people to both our church and services.