St Peter's Church, Sudbury, Suffolk
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A magnificent medieval church with stunning interior
This 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.
We and our local partners, the Friends of St Peter’s, are working to develop this magnificent Grade I church into a vibrant and welcoming cultural centre for the people of Sudbury. In March 2018 we were awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund in support of this £2.5 million pound project.
Read more about this project in our Regeneration pages
Please click here for a free audio tour
This church costs £2104 a year to maintain. Please make a contribution towards it's upkeep at our donate page: http://bit.ly/31Vj601
A contribution can also be made by texting "SUD" to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10. Thank you.
18 May 2021 - 18 May 2021
This swashbuckling tale will be lifted from the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson's much-loved novel and brought to life with sea shanties and sword fights galore!
A Norman time capsule in a beautiful setting
A pair of eccentric churches
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
Church is located next to the Market Place 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
St Peter’s has a regular programme of community activities and arts events and is available to hire. The building has electricity, lighting and a kitchen area. Please contact the Friends of St Peter’s for higher enquiries (see community information tab)
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 we care 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 - 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