At the sign of the Barking lion...

Suffolk Churches: my Top Sixty

At the sign of the Barking lion...

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All things considered, these are my favourite sixty Suffolk churches, or at least as they stood in April 2020 when I last updated them. Sixty is a good number, because Suffolk has a little over 600 parish churches, so this is about a tenth of the total.

When I visit a church, the atmosphere is at least as important a part of the 'wow factor' for me as any major historical survivals. I generally prefer smaller churches to bigger ones. Architecture seems less interesting to me than a sense of the way the building has been used and adapted over the centuries. I like churches to be rough and ready rather than over-neat, but I do like them to be well kept and have a bit of modern work in. I'd be very interested to know if your Top 60 varies greatly.


1. Blythburgh

2. Westhall

3. Thornham Parva

4. Badley

5. Denston

6. Ufford

7. Long Melford

8. Kedington

9. Westhorpe

10. Southwold

11. Troston

12. Badingham

13. Hessett

14. Dennington

15. Nettlestead

16. Redgrave

17. St Edmundsbury Cathedral

18. Hawkedon

19. Brundish

20. Kettlebaston

21. Thrandeston

22. Orford

23. Sotterley

24. Wingfield

25. Gipping

26. Little Wenham

27. Brent Eleigh

28. Monk Soham

29. Combs

30. Lakenheath

31. Framlingham

32. Eye

33. Kersey

34. Laxfield

35. Cowlinge

36. Rushbrooke

37. Ramsholt

38. Barsham

39. Woolpit

40. Withersfield

41. Westleton

42. Cretingham

43. Stowlangtoft

44. Boxford

45. Cavenham

46. Huntingfield

47. Wissington

48. Icklingham All Saints

49. Stoke by Nayland

50. Lavenham

51. Mildenhall

52. Brome

53. Mendlesham

54. Iken

55. Kesgrave Holy Family

56. Risby

57. Wenhaston

58. Ipswich Unitarian

59. Polstead

60. Nowton


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