St Andrew's Church, Covehithe, Suffolk

Address: Covehithe, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR34 7JW
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A picturesque ruin by the sea

Once a glorious Medieval church, St Andrew’s now lies in picturesque ruin by the sea, with only the lofty 14th century tower (preserved as a sea mark) and a curtain of original walling surviving.

A smaller thatched-roof church, built in 1672 when the inhabitants were given permission to dismantle the older church and still in use, nestles inside the ruins.

One hopes that the rapidly encroaching sea will leave this lovely place to be enjoyed for a few more decades.

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Road directions

7 miles south of Lowestoft off A12

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Lowestoft (7 miles)

OS Reference No.

TM 523 818

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Useful information

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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Comments

  1. Howard Kingsbury (10 Aug 2011, 10:50)

    My father & I visited this church in about 1960. Glorious weather. Dad took a photo of me standing in the roodloft doorway. I've still got it somewhere: it's probably in the garage. Ruins fascinate me & I hope Covehithe is around to delight travellers many years hence.

  2. heather hammond (25 Oct 2011, 10:08)

    I visited Covehithe church on Friday 21st October, I was doing some research into my family. I was delighted to find that my Grandfather's name was on the list of the first world war soldiers Roll of Honour on the wall his name was Samuel Hammond, my father was born in Benacre, but unfortunately found the church locked. I think my Grandfather may have been the Gamekeeper to one of the estates.

    The church is lovely and so peaceful and very impressive with the Abbey ruins surrounding it, must be almost unique and very sad to thing that the sea may take it in the future

  3. Ann Jones (23 Sep 2012, 12:23)

    I visited this church again just this Summer 2012 and was alarmed to see how rapidly the sea is encroaching toward the church. I'm fearful that it may not be with us in fifty years from now.

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St Andrew's Church, Covehithe, 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.

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.