At the sign of the Barking lion...

Suffolk Churches: my Top Fifty

At the sign of the Barking lion...

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All things considered, these are my favourite fifty Suffolk churches, or at least as they stood in October 2018 when I last updated them. 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 50 varies greatly.


1. Blythburgh

2. Westhall

3. Thornham Parva

4. Badley

5. Denston

6. Ufford

7. Long Melford

8. Kedington

9. Westhorpe

10. Thrandeston

11. Southwold

12. Hessett

13. Dennington

14. Hawkedon

15. Brundish

16. Kettlebaston

17. Orford

18. Sotterley

19. Wingfield

20. Gipping

21. Monk Soham

22. Combs

23. Lakenheath

24. Eye

25. Brent Eleigh

26. Cowlinge

27. Rushbrooke

28. Ramsholt

29. Barsham

30. Flowton

31. Woolpit

32. Stowlangtoft

33. Withersfield

34. Boxford

35. Cavenham

36. Brome

37. Grundisburgh

38. Icklingham All Saints

39. Cotton

40. Wissington

41. Mildenhall

42. Stoke by Nayland

43. Lavenham

44. Mendlesham

45. Iken

46. Kesgrave Holy Family

47. Barking

48. Wenhaston

49. Ipswich Unitarian

50. Polstead


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