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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St Mary's is part of the Benefice of Stoke-by-Nayland with Leavenheath and Polstead, and Nayland with Wissington; part of the Hadleigh Deanery.


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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In the first instance please contact our Benefice Administrator:
Nicola Thorogood
Newtons Farm, Wissington, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4LX
(t) 01206 262453

For pastoral support or assistance please contact:
The Revd. Mark Woodrow (Priest in Charge)
St James Vicarage, Bear Street, Nayland CO6 4LA
(t) 01206 262150


The Revd. Val Armstrong (Assistant Priest - SSM)
(t) 01206 262814
Please note that Val is 'off duty' during the 4th week of the month
01206262453 (Nicola Thorogood - Benefice Administrator) or 01206262150 (The Revd Mark Woodrow - Priest in Charge)

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Holy communion 2
An HC for early morning risers
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for 1 hour
from Sunday 5th February 2017 until Sunday 31st December 2017
Common Worship
Benefice Communion
Benefice Holy Communion, when the 5 Benefice Parishes come together each 3rd. Sunday to worship. This month January in St. Mary Polstead
Every 3rd. Sunday
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Holy Communion 2
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017
Morning Prayer
Every fourth 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 Please park in the Public Car Park
Every fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
until Sunday 17th December 2017
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
Not in July and August
Every fifth Sunday at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
until Sunday 31st December 2017



Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

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Church Open Church is normally open daily during the day.- however, please contact us if you are planning to travel some distance to visit, so we can confirm that the church is available.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2038
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Mrs SEF Holden St John the Baptist, Oxford
Archdeaconry: IPSWICH (331)
Deanery: HADLEIGH (33103)
Parish Legal Name: Stoke by Nyland (330068 )
CofE Church Info: (633068 33/68)
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The current editor is: David Rowe

This page was last updated on Sunday 25th December 2016
Stoke-by-Nayland, St Mary : Church Street, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4QU

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