St Mary's Church, Huntingfield, Suffolk
Check that you are able to gain entry to the church before travelling:
We are currently opening it upon request only:
Either, drop us an email requesting a time and date for your visit, firstname.lastname@example.org
or, ring the telephone number displayed on the church door when you arrive. Usually, we are available and will turn up within 5 minutes and open it for you.
Unfortunately, due to a repetition of thefts involving damage, the church is otherwise closed during the day, until we are able to complete some additional security features, including CCTV.
We do not hand out the church keys, under any circumstances.
It is not easy to find Huntingfield; even the signposts do not bear its name until you are within the parish boundary. (Post code for sat-navs is: IP19 0PR) Yet this shallow valley, divided by the infant river Blyth, with church and parsonage on one bank and manor house on the other, has been owned by some notable families in England's history.
The church is a Grade 1 Listed Building, largely due to its amazing Victorian painted ceiling.
The existing church certainly dates from the 11th century but there are signs that there had been a chapel here long before.
It was a Norman family who displaced the Saxon one at the Manor and who built a church here. We can still see remains of their church today.
Serving the people of Huntingfield since the 11th century