St Peter's Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

Address: Market Square, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2TP
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St Peter's is frequently open for events. When no event is anticipated, opening hours will be displayed on the notice board. More information can be found by visiting St Peter's website at stpetersudbury.co.uk
Keyholder information, accessibility and facilities

A magnificent Medieval church with stunning interior

This vast, magnificent Medieval church dominates the town of Sudbury from the top of Market Hill.

It is largely a 15th-century rebuilding of a much earlier structure. Butterfield restored the stunning Victorian interior in 1854-1858.

Special things to see include:

  • the carved oak doors;
  • a gorgeous altar screen;
  • the font;
  • stone carvings;
  • two paintings of Moses and Aaron by Robert Cardinal.

Bodley redecorated the chancel in 1897 but in 1968, tragically, a large part of his original wall paintings were covered over with lime wash. Following the removal of a light switch, a tiny patch of this rich work was tantalisingly rediscovered.

Outside is a statue of Sudbury's most famous son, painter Thomas Gainsborough.

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Road directions

Sudbury town centre

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Sudbury (0.2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TL 875 414

What’s on & news

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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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 iconA walk round guide for St Peter's Church, Sudbury (PDF, 1.4mb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconSuffolk County Guide (PDF, 4.75mb)

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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Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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  1. Geoffrey Smith (16 May 2014, 09:58)

    My wife and I had only a brief stop in the town and we wanted to visit St Peter's. I was interested in the Green Man a number of which I knew existed in the church. I had a most interesting discussion with a gentleman who was custodian at the time of our visit. I must return one day to make a more thorough examination of the church and its history. It is, however, rather a distance from the Midlands. Thank you for preserving this beautiful church and thank you to the gentleman who spent what little time we had to explain a number of the features.

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

Text code 'OCCT05' to 70070 to donate now (free from all networks).

Or use the button below to donate online.

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Community information for St Peter's Church, Sudbury

 

All our Suffolk churches are in CCT’s South East region.

About the Friends of Sudbury Church

Friends of St Peter Sudbury website

Contact telephone:
01787 378698

Contact email: rg292@cam.ac.uk

Useful local links 

Visit Suffolk tourism website 

Suffolk Tourist guide website 

Family Days out in Suffolk 

Suffolk Local History Council 

Suffolk Family History Society 

Suffolk Churches website 

Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History 

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust 

Suffolk is in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich 

List of churches in Suffolk

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

Text code 'OCCT05' to 70070 to donate now (free from all networks).

Or use the button below to donate online.

Donate online

St Peter's Church, Sudbury, 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 small step into the west door, but there is a portable ramp in place when the church is open.

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.