As part of the celebrations of the centenary of the founding of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1914, the Diocese commissioned and published this wonderful book.
From the 478 churches in the Diocese 100 treasures have been selected from suggestions put forward by the parishes themselves. This has resulted in many things of interest being described that may not be as familiar as the more widely known grand medieval architecture for which Suffolk is justly famous. Instead it has revealed that there is a wealth of art and craftsmanship of great breadth in many styles and from all the ages of Christian Suffolk accessible to those who choose to spend time visiting the churches of the county.
The treasures include architectural detail, memorials, wall paintings, stained glass, fixtures and fittings of stone, metal, and wood, and more. Each chosen item is given a page to itself in the book with a brief description and an illustration in colour. There is also a short account of the history of the Diocese by the well-known church historian and author, Roy Tricker.
St. Mary’s church in Boxford is represented by our incomparable fourteenth century North Porch, which appears on page 38, and one of the other churches in the Benefice, that of St. Bartholomew at Groton, is featured on page 39, where the stained glass in the east window is described.
Copies cost £5, which is excellent value for such an informative and well produced book, and are available from our churchwardens. Alternatively, the book is on sale in some bookshops in the larger towns of Suffolk, as well as in the Cathedral Shop in Bury St Edmunds.
Reference copies are kept on the tables at the west end of the nave in both St. Mary’s church and St. Bartholomew’s church.