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.
For lots of pictures see http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/stoken.htm
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
Level entrance to nave
Hearing (induction) Loop
Off-street car parking nearby on Recreation Ground
Large print prayer & hymn books for visitors
Listed Grade 1
Contact Jeremy Bloomfield 01 206 265 979
Concerts / Live Music
Morning Prayer, Evensong and HC2 are BCP
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
Meets every Thursday at 7 pm.
Contact June Smith, 01206 263 225
Friends of St Mary’s
Contact David Eking, 01206 337 477
Multi-lingual printed guides to the church
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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
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Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge
(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
|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.|
The current editor is: David Rowe