St Mary's Church, Rickinghall Superior, Suffolk
- What's nearby
Glass memorial to a missionary
This handsome church has a fourteenth-century three-stage tower and chancel, a broad fifteenth-century nave, with magnificent Perpendicular windows, and beautiful Victorian stained glass. One pane of glass shows Samuel Speare, an altar boy at St Mary's, who became a missionary aged 15 in Zanzibar. Having survived terrible conditions in East Africa, Samuel died in Lincolnshire three months after his return aged only 20.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A Gothic gem with tombs, statues and churchyard skulls
Parking on grass verge next to churchyard. There is an uneven grass path across the churchyard to the church. There is a step into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, this church has natural lighting only. There is no heating, running water or toilet facilities.
7 miles south-west of Diss off the A143. At the junction with the B1113 follow Historic Church sign to church.
Nearest railway station: Diss (6.1 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
- http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/Suffolk Churches website
- http://www.suffolkarch.org.uk/Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History