St Mary's Church, Washbrook, Suffolk
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A remote and peaceful place
Despite being close to Ipswich, St Mary's lies remote and peaceful at the end of a winding path amongst picturesque trees and meadows. A Norman church rebuilt in the fourteenth century, it boasts: wonderful stone carvings in the chancel; lovely window tracery; canopied stalls; a piscina, a sedilia and an Easter Sepulchre. An 1866 restoration by Edmund Buckton Lamb provided the roofs and benches, the beautiful Victorian stained glass, and added a delightful baptistry to house the handsome fifteenth-century font.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
One of Suffolk's best-kept secrets
Park opposite the lodge houses near to church. 50m walk to lytch gate. There are some steps into church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, this church has natural lighting only, and there is no heating, running water or toilet facilities.
3 miles west of Ipswich. From the A1071/B1113 roundabout turn south along Swan Hill and turn right into Pigeon Lane to the junction with Spring Road. Follow Historic Church signs for 0.5 miles to church.
Nearest railway station: Ipswich (2.9 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 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