All Saints' Church, Icklingham, Suffolk
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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 fourteenth 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 fourteenth 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 fourteenth-century tiles. All different in shape, colour and design, they combine to form a brilliant mosaic.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Be seated on grotesque carvings
Parking is available on the grass outside the church wall or in the pub car park opposite.
There is a grass slope up to the church. Entrance is through the north door not seen from the road.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, this church has natural lighting only. There is no heating, running water or toilet facilities.
8 miles north west of Bury St Edmunds, on A1101. Church in
centre of village
Nearest railway station: Bury St Edmunds (7.3 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Suffolk County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Suffolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Visit Suffolk tourism website: www.visitsuffolk.com
- Suffolk Tourist guide website: www.suffolktouristguide.com
- Suffolk Local History Council: www.slhc.org.uk
- Suffolk Family History Society: www.suffolkfhs.co.uk
- Suffolk Churches website: www.suffolkchurches.co.uk
- Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History: www.suffolkarch.org.uk
- /Suffolk Historic Churches Trust: www.shct.org.uk