East Anglia Sights

St. Mary-the-Virgin

  • Flatford Rd. Map It
  • East Bergholt
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

One of the most remarkable churches in the region, St. Mary-the-Virgin was started just before the Reformation. The doors underneath the ruined archways outside (remnants of a much older church) contain a series of mysterious symbols—actually a coded message left by Catholic sympathizers of the time. The striking interior contains a mini-museum of treasures, including an ancient wall painting of the Virgin Mary in one of the rear chapels, a 14th-century chest, and an extraordinary series of florid memorial stones on the nave wall opposite the main entrance. A unique feature of the church is that its bells are rung from a cage in the graveyard; this was erected as a temporary measure, pending the construction of a tower in 1531 that was never completed.

Sight Information

Address:

Flatford Rd., East Bergholt, CO7 6SR, England

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Phone:

01206-392646

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 08/30/2016

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