Stoke-by-Nayland, St Mary, Stoke-by-Nayland

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One of the largest and finest churches in Suffolk, with a history stretching back to the 10th century, but refashioned in the Perpendicular style by the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk, in the late 1400s.   Its tower dominates the landscape of Dedham Vale, and can be seen for miles around.   Its outstanding treasure is the 15th century carved oak doors in the south porch, unique in Suffolk, but the font is very fine, and no less a person than the artist John Constable has said that “the lofty and slender proportions of the tower arch are the crowning beauty of the whole interior.”   The brass of Sir William de Tendring (d.1408) is held to be one of the first portrait brasses, and there are two major 17th century memorials, to Lady Anne Windsor and Sir Francis Mannock.

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Features & Facilities



Accessible toilet

Level entrance to nave

Hearing (induction) Loop

Off-street car parking nearby on Recreation Ground

Large print prayer & hymn books for visitors

Our Building

Listed Grade 1

Music and Worship

Bell Ringing
Contact Jeremy Bloomfield 01 206 265 979

Concerts / Live Music


Grand piano

Morning Prayer, Evensong and HC2 are BCP

Groups, Courses and Activities

Bible Group, currently working through Acts for All by Tom Wright.
Meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Contact Adam Sedgwick, 01 206 262 437

Meditation Group.
Meets every Thursday at 7 pm.
Contact June Smith, 01206 263 225

Friends of St Mary’s
Contact David Eking, 01206 337 477

Help for Visitors

Multi-lingual printed guides to the church

Other Features

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Telephone clergy:
Prefered - Priest in Charge: Revd. Mark Woodrow
The Vicarage
Bear St. Nayland Colchester
Tel.01206 262150

or Revd.V Armstrong 01206 262814

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Holy communion 2
An HC for early morning risers
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017
Common Worship
Benefice Communion
Benefice service when all 5 Parishes come together to worship on rotation each 4th. Sunday, on July 24th.2016 the Gospel Oak Service at Polstead. This will be Revd. Jackie Sephton's last service and our new priest Revd. Mark Woodrow's first. Reasons for a triple celebration. Do join us.
Every 5th. Sunday
Every fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 27th November 2016
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Holy Communion 2
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017
Morning Prayer
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017
Deanery Service HC.1
On the 5th. Sunday a Deanery Celebration for all parishes at St.Marys Hadleigh of H.C followed by a bring and share lunch. Please park in the Public Car Park over the road. Disabled parkers drive to front of Church.
Every fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Messy Church
A service for families with special provision for children Do come and join in the fun and worship. Also helpers wanted, you would be most welcome. Light refreshments provided
Every fourth Sunday at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Sung Evensong
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017



Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2038
Our Patron: Mrs SEF Holden St John the Baptist, Oxford
Archdeaconry: IPSWICH (331)
Deanery: HADLEIGH (33103)
Parish Legal Name: STOKE BY NYLAND (330068 33/68)
CofE Church Info: (633068 33/68)
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The current editor is: David Rowe

This page was last updated on Friday 22nd July 2016
Stoke-by-Nayland, St Mary : Church Street, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4QU

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