Monument record AST 001 - Church of St Mary's (site of)

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Supposed site of St Mary's church, SW of present churchyard.


Grid reference Centred TM 2099 6258 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TM26SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Supposed site of St Mary's church, SW of present churchyard but no trace. Almost certain that the medieval church does, in fact, underlie the C19 church - see parish file (but see below).
Shown as cross labelled "Church in Ruins" on OS 1st edition map of 1837 in approx position (though very small scale) of present chuch. OS 1880s map actually shows a rectangular NW-SE aligned building at cited NGR which it labels "St Mary's Church (Remains of)" and by the 1900s "St Mary's Church (site of)". Tithe map (of 1837 in Ipswich Record Office) should resolve the exact position.
Two churches are recorded in Ashfield cum Thorpe in the Domesday survey. One church + 12 acres of land. Consists of chancel, nave, S porch and W turret. Another church + 4 acres of land. Nothing remains of the older church except a little Stuart woodwork made up into the modern altar and prayer desk. The Church of St Mary was re-built in red brick 1853 (S1). Further details (S2)(S3).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.
  • --- Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: notes on the church.
  • <S1> (No record type): Goult W, A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, East Suffolk, 1, 1990.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Cautley H M. 1975. Suffolk Churches.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. 71.

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Record last edited

Aug 4 2021 1:10PM

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