Clare, St Peter & St Paul

Is it a great ocean liner afloat on the skyline? No, it’s one of Suffolk’s great churches with ‘a small tower for a fo’c’sle and two turrets for masts’ as author Simon Jenkins once put it. This beautiful building dominates the north end of the town, reflecting the prosperity of Clare in the Middle Ages when the main trade was cloth-making.

What's special?

The exceptional height of nave and the huge aisle windows where the light streams in through the lavish arcades. 

Look out for the gallery of 15th century roof faces and try out the handsome private pews, one bearing the emblems of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

The 18th century ringers’ gotch – that’s a beer jug. Beer was once the payment for the ringers. Clare’s ring of eight is said to be the heaviest in Suffolk.

How old is it?

The present church dates back to at least 13th century but after a visit by the image-breaker William Dowsing in 1643, the heraldic glass in the east window is all that is left of the 15th century glass that once might have filled the church.


Safeguarding

The parish of Clare with Poslingford is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Benefice Safeguarding Officer. The Diocese of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our Benefice Safeguarding Officer. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Service.

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The Vicarage
14 High Street
Clare
Suffolk

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Patronal Festival for the Feast of St Peter & St Paul, Apostles

29 Jun 2022, 7 p.m. for 1hr
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High Street
Clare
Suffolk

Clare's Parish Church is dedicated to St Peter & St Paul whose Feast Day is 29th June.

We invite all the residents of the Town to come and join together for a special Patronal Eucharist, and if they are able to bring a financial gift for the continued upkeep of your Parish Church.

Eucharist/Holy Communion Hymns Prayers Patronal Festival Common Worship Family Friendly Event held in a Church

After a busy weekend of Pentecost and Jubilee Events we say thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen!

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