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Sudborough, All Saints

Sudborough, All Saints

A handsome, light and well-proportioned church built in local limestone. Constructed circa 1250 -1300 and very likely restored by E.W. Law (1850-1872) and again by J.C. Traylen (1890/1) whose arts and crafts pews, stalls and pulpit happily remain. Externally the church presents a picturesque grouping with architectural features that show it on the cusp of Early English to Decorated styles. Its fine sturdy tower is topped by unusual pinnacles with clusters of shafts and ending in cresting. Internally you will find white painted walls and a succession of gothic arches with unusual cross arches extending to the far walls. The fore light east window above the altar, has a stained glass window by Kempe (1892) – vibrant colours above the well-dressed altar of the same period. Nearby a stone effigy of a slender cross legged knight is thought to be of Sir Robert de Vere who had married the local heiress but died on the crusade in 1249. Note his surcoat, chainmail and sword. The brasses, now attached to the north east wall, are of William West, his wife and children(circa 1400). The faceless clock (at the foot of the bell tower in a modern casing) was given to the church by Lady Betty Germain of Drayton in 1740. It keeps good time thanks to a rota of villagers who keep it wound up.

The nearby Old Rectory, built by William Abbots circa 1825 and extended by John Eaton of nearby Titchmarsh in 1846 is now surrounded by a wonderful garden which is open to the public (see Gardens). Also in this pretty village you will find a good pub, The Vane Arms

Contact & Opening Times

Sudborough Road, Sudborough, NN14 3BX|
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Opening Details

The Church is normally open during the day.

Contact Details

Prue Folliott Vaughan (churchwarden) -

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