St Mary's Church, Huntingfield, Suffolk



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.
Some fragments of carved stones are set into the wall of the tower. At the beginning of this century they were turned up by a ploughman in a field called 'Chapel Field', a little to the south of the present church. They are fragments from a Saxon stone coffin and standing cross of the 10th century, long since disappeared.

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.