Monument record WLY 002 - Church of St Thomas a Becket

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The ruin of a church built in the Medieval period. It is made from flint rubble with some limestone ashlar.


Grid reference Centred TL 8202 6443 (55m by 55m)
Map sheet TL86SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

In September 1983 the SIA visited the ruins of St Thomas a Becket's church at Westley. It was noted that the tower of the old church (St Thomas Becket) fell and badly damaged church, which was restored, in 1744. "Building used until 1835, when partly demolished and many monuments and fittings removed to new church" (S1)(S4).
"The old church (St Thomas a Becket) is in ruins. It seems to have been chiefly of Decorated work, and possessed a curious Decorated three-light E window" (S2).
"St Thomas a Becket's church was a Med church, but is now in ruins. The E wall and window frame, part of the W wall and the NW angle, and a pier are the only visible remains" (S3).
The new church (WLY 003) said to be built from material of old church (S4).

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 35, 1984, (4), 334.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Barker, H. R.. 1907. West Suffolk Illustrated. 377-378 (ill).
  • <S3> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL86SW1, 1977 (ill).
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Goult W. 1990. A Survey of Suffolk Parish History.
  • <S5> Map: OS. OS Map.
  • <S6> Bibliographic reference: Nikolaus Pevsner. 1961. Suffolk.
  • <S7> Index: DoE. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Thinghoe RD Suff April 1951.
  • <S8> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 BHS 06-MAR-70.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Record last edited

Mar 12 2021 1:31PM

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