St Mary's Church, Badley, Suffolk
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A church frozen in time
St Mary's is one of Suffolk's most remarkable medieval churches - its setting and unmodernised interior give an atmosphere of great peace and stillness. To discover its charm, you must begin with a journey - a mile's walk or drive down a rutted track across Suffolk farmland, to a small valley of trees and birdsong. The flint-and-brick church has nothing for company but a sixteenth-century farmhouse and the wildlife of its pretty churchyard.
Passing through the sturdy medieval door with its iron grille, you step into a time capsule - a church scarcely changed for 300 years with plain walls and a brick floor set with memorials to the Poleys, once owners of the house nearby. The seventeenth/eighteenth-century arrangement of the pews, which incorporates Medieval benches, combined with fragments of a screen with seventeenth-century panelling, where the oak is silvery-grey with age, make an extraordinary ensemble. There are monuments and memorial slabs to the Poleys and others.
29 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
Enjoy a spring walk and relax a while with cello music at St Mary's, as part of the Badley tour
A Medieval flintwork church
Saxon church with wonderful views over the Gipping Valley
A rural church on the edge of modern life
There are steps to access this church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, this church only has natural lighting. There is no heating, running water or toilet facilities.
3 miles south east of Stowmarket off B1113. North of Needham Market on B1113 Follow Historic Church sign along track to church.
Nearest railway station: Stowmarket (2 miles) or Needham Market (2.2 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