All Saints' Church, Little Wenham, Suffolk
- What's nearby
One of Suffolk's best-kept secrets
This thirteenth-century flint church, with a Tudor brick-topped tower, is hidden away up a track past one of the oldest houses in England. Behind the altar the walls are alive with medieval paintings - pick out St Margaret with her dragon and St Catherine with her wheel.
The saints are elegant and almost ghostlike, with strange blackened faces from the chemical alteration of the paint over time.. There are also wall plaques to the local Brewse family - one with the doll-sized figure of John Brewse, kneeling in eternal prayer.
A remote and peaceful place
A medieval dockside church
A patchwork church
Steep steps up to churchyard with handrail. There is an uneven grass path across the churchyard. There are steps to enter the church. Parking is available at the base of the steps
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, this church has natural lighting only, and there is no heating, running water or toilet facilities.
7 miles south west of Ipswich off A12 turn off at exit 32a to Capel St. Mary and Great Wenham; continue over roundabout onto The Street and continue onto Mill Hill; turn left at Brook Lane. Follow Historic Church sign along Gipsy Row and continue on track to the church. Barrier will open 8:30am-6:30pm.
Nearest railway station: Manningtree (4.7 miles)
History & Further 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.Suffolk County Guide 2012
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.
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