St Mary's Church, Akenham, Suffolk

Akenham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6TQ
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Open Monday to Fridays - 10am to 2pm. Closed at the weekends except the 1st Saturday July to Sept - 12pm to 3pm.
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A rural church on the edge of modern life

Hidden up a track and through fields, St Mary's remains rural and feels remote despite its location near to the edge of recent Ipswich housing developments. 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.

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This church costs £1,567 a year to maintain. Please make a contribution towards it's upkeep at our donate page:

A contribution can also be made by texting "AKE" to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10.  Thank you.

Akenham Guide