St Mary's Church, Redgrave, Suffolk

Address:
Churchway, Diss, Suffolk, IP22 1RJ
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Opening times:
Usually Open first Saturday of month: Dec to Mar from 10am to 12pm; Apr and May from 10am to 2pm; Jun to Sep from 10am to 4pm; Oct and Nov from 10am to 2pm. Key available at other reasonable times
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A Gothic gem with tombs, statues and churchyard skulls

Five centuries of parishioners have worshipped at St Mary's, a vast country church set in open fields. Everything is on a grand scale: the east window is stunning, with glorious stained-glass images of saints and angels. The collection of hatchments and monuments is of national importance.

Tombs have life-size statues in elaborate seventeenth-century fashions and there are 13 hatchments - wood and canvas coats of arms - more than any other church in Suffolk. The north-east brick vestry is a rare survival from the sixteenth century, and a wander round the churchyard reveals many eighteenth-century gravestones, some with little carved skulls peeping over the top.

Comment

  • Access information
    Parking available on lane next to church. Visitors with disabilities should be dropped off at the church entrance, as the access is via a slope. Parking available in neighbouring field for special events only.
  • Facilities & Hire
    Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water and toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
  • Directions
    4 miles west of Diss, off B1113. In centre of Redgrave village follow Historic Church sign for 1 mile along Churchway to church
  • Transport

    Nearest railway station: Diss (4 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.