About Us

A beautiful parish church and well worth a visit.

Recognised as amongst the finest English village churches.  Betjeman called it a "Westminster Abbey amongst village churches"

The church is open daily from 10am until 4pm. On the welcome table there are comprehensive guides to the church and its treasures (suggested donation £2) and leaflets taking the reader on a meditative walk around the church. Brief guides (single page of A5) are also available at no charge. Once you have completed your visit to the church, please sign the visitors book, write a prayer and leave it in the box on our prayer board or browse the second hand books. We accept cash donations and also have a "tap and give"machine in the church. All donations towards the upkeep of the church are welcome. These gifts will ensure a worshipping and praying presence remains in our wonderful community.

The ten hatchments dating from the seventeenth Century to members of the Barnardiston family are back in church following restoration, and hang once more on the walls of the newly-lime-washed nave. Come and see them!

For details of services and information about arranging Christenings or Weddings please view our web site using the link provided in the box on the right.

If you are intending visiting this church, please visit our benefice web site and look at the service rota tab to see whether there are any services taking place on the date of your intended visit. Alternatively please feel free to email us and check that the church will be open.

PLEASE NOTE : ACCESSIBILITY - Access to the building is currently via the South door.  There are steps down into the church, and anyone requiring wheelchair access will need to ask a companion or carer to open the main door by drawing the bolts on the inside.  Just inside the door is a portable ramp which unfolds and can be put into position to allow wheelchair access. Please replace the ramp and close - and bolt - the door after leaving.

[The Parochial Church Council takes very seriously issues of accessibility and equality, and regularly includes discussion regarding inclusivity at its meetings.  The PCC is looking at options regarding improving access, but we are constrained by the ancient furniture and fixtures.]

Interested in or trying to trace entries in parish registers or records?  Please note that only current registers are kept locally.  Registers no longer in use are in the custody of the Suffolk County Record Office in Bury St Edmunds, to whom enquiries should be made for all but the most recent decades.  This is for the protection of the registers themselves, so that they can be kept in the correct temperature and humidity-controlled environment.