St Mary's Church, Akenham, Suffolk

Akenham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6TQ
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Open first saturday of the month May - August. Key available at other reasonable times
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A rural church on the edge of modern life

Up a track and through fields, though now on the edge of Ipswich housing developments, St Mary's remains rural and remote. This small and simple flint-towered church dates mainly from the later Middle Ages, apart from the brick south chapel added in the sixteenth or seventeenth century. The interior is simple but beautiful and contains a wonderful carved font with traceried panels around the bowl. A piscina in the chapel and a blocked north doorway in the nave were uncovered during recent repairs. The solitary gravestone to the north of the church of a two year old boy (who died in 1878) helped to alter the Burial Laws of England.