Church of St Mary-at-the-Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk
- What's nearby
Quay Place: A Heritage and Wellbeing Centre
Quay Place is a unique regeneration project that has come about through a ground-breaking partnership between The Churches Conservation Trust, and Suffolk Mind. St Mary's has been transformed into a unique centre that brings together Wellbeing and Heritage to create a place that is inclusive and welcoming to all. Quay Place offers a wide range of complementary therapies, mind and body exercise classes, workplace wellbeing, heritage activities, healthy café, meeting rooms and event space. A place to relax and recharge in both mind and body. Find out more and see what's on at quayplace.co.uk
The history of St Mary's
This medieval church lies next to Ipswich's regenerated quayside. It was built, or perhaps rebuilt, between 1450 and 1550. Elegant Perpendicular windows bathe the interior - and its handsome arcades - with light. The wonderful Medieval double hammerbeam roof in the nave (one of the earliest of its type) has carved figures of apostles, other worthies and less formal images in the spandrels. There is also a handsome octagonal fifteenth-century font.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A rural church on the edge of modern life
There is a small step but a ramp is in place which is accessible from the pavement.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Quay Place is situated on the junction of Star Lane and Key Street in Ipswich which is about a 15 minute walk from Ipswich Train Station.
Directions by car, from the interchange of the A12 and A14 at Copdock, take the next slip road (the A137, signposted Ipswich Town Centre and Docks, follow the road for approx 2 miles, please use the postcode IP4 1BZ for sat navs.
Nearest railway station: Ipswich (0.7 miles)
Nearest bus station: Quay Place is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Old Cattle Market bus station, for local bus services visit Ipswich Buses website http://www.ipswichbuses.co.uk/services/journey-planner/
Car Parks: There is a short stay public car park adjacent to the Church, accessible from Star Lane. There are several other car parks in and around the area including long stay options http://www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/car-park-locations-and-tariffs
Useful local links:
- Quay Place Website: http://quayplace.co.uk/
- 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