St Mary's Church, Badley, Suffolk

Address: Badley, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8RU
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Open weekends, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Keyholder nearby at other times.
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A church frozen in time

St Mary's is one of Suffolk's most remarkable Medieval churches - its setting and unmodernised interior give an atmosphere of great peace and stillness.

To discover its charm, you must begin with a journey - a mile's walk or drive down a rutted track across Suffolk farmland, to a small valley of trees and birdsong.

The flint-and-brick church has nothing for company but a 16th-century farmhouse and the wildlife of its pretty churchyard.

Passing through the sturdy Medieval door with its iron grille, you step into a time capsule - a church scarcely changed for 300 years with plain walls and a brick floor set with memorials to the Poleys, once owners of the house nearby.

The 17th/18th century arrangement of the pews, which incorporates Medieval benches, combined with fragments of a screen with 17th-century panelling, where the oak is silvery-grey with age, make an extraordinary ensemble.

There are monuments and memorial slabs to the Poleys and others.

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To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

3 miles south east of Stowmarket off B1113. To find the Church using Sat Nav, enter the post code IP6 8RL. This will take you to the end of the trackway (on the B1113) leading to the Church.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Stowmarket or Needham Market (2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TM 062 559

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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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St Mary's Church, Badley, 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 are steps to access this 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.