St Peter's Church, Sudbury, Suffolk
- What's nearby
A magnificent medieval church with stunning interiorThis vast, magnificent medieval church dominates the town of Sudbury from the top of Market Hill. It is largely a fifteenth-century rebuilding of a much earlier structure. Butterfield restored the stunning Victorian interior in 1854-1858.
Special things to see include: the carved oak doors; a gorgeous altar screen; the font; stone carvings; two paintings of Moses and Aaron by Robert Cardinal. Bodley redecorated the chancel in 1897 but in 1968, tragically, a large part of his original wall paintings were covered over with lime wash. Following the removal of a light switch, a tiny patch of this rich work was tantalisingly rediscovered. Outside is a statue of Sudbury's most famous son, painter Thomas Gainsborough.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Memories of the High Sheriff of Suffolk
Church is located in town centre. There is a small step into the west door, but there is a portable ramp in place when the church is open.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Sudbury town centre
Nearest railway station:
Sudbury (0.2 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT 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 CCT cares for in Suffolk. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
The Friends of St Peter's Sudbury
The Friends of St Peter's Sudbury is an independent charity formed in 1976, the same year the church came into the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. Since then, they have assisted us in keeping the building open, in good order and enabling its use for the benefit of the community.
- Friends of St Peter's Sudbury website - http://www.stpetersudbury.co.uk/
Other 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