All Saints' Church, Icklingham, Suffolk

Address: The Street, Icklingham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6PL
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A treasure house of local craftmanship

There has been a settlement at Icklingham at least since Roman times, situated as it is at an important junction of the Icknield Way, one of the most important ancient routes.

All Saints' is an unspoilt thatched church, built largely in the 14th-century although it is of Norman origin. The church is a treasure house of local craftsmanship which is reflected in the very high quality of every feature of the church.

Since it has not been used as a parish church for over 100 years, it remains one of the best examples of an unspoilt Suffolk church.

Along the tops of the north and south walls are beautifully carved cornices, with more carving around the niches at each side of the east window in the aisle. Traces of paint here show that the stonework would originally have been richly decorated.

All the windows have elegant tracery and there is some excellent Medieval stained glass in the south windows, showing two saints, with canopies above.

The beautifully carved font is early 14th-century and is octagonal, each side carrying a different design.

Another glory of the church is the floor of the chancel and sanctuary, laid with 14th-century tiles. All different in shape, colour and design, they combine to form a brilliant mosaic.

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Road directions

8 miles north west of Bury St Edmunds, on A1101

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Kennet (5.6 miles)

OS Reference No.

TL 770 730

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Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.









PDF iconSuffolk County Guide (PDF, 4.85mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Suffolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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All Saints' Church, Icklingham, Suffolk

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is a grass slope up to the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.