St Olave, Creeting St Mary
keen to find the site of this church. I'm a sucker for
lost churches, and in St Olave's case, the village has
all but disappeared as well, except for a farmhouse. I
set off from near Creeting St Mary church, down a
lane and past a sign that threatened a No Through
Road after a mile and a half.
Thanks to John Blatchly's excellent appendix to Cautley, I had an OS reference for the site, about halfway down this narrow lane, opposite Wolney Hall. There are no other dwellings, and the lane runs in a dip between ditches, the fields rising on either side. Trees overarched grimly, and it felt a bit sinister, the silence of this lonely track. This is one of the least travelled parts of East Anglia, this lattice of meandering ways that spreads between Stowmarket and Diss. In truth, I'd brought this mood with me; I was conscious that I was near to the spot where the body of murdered teenager Vicky Hall had been found a few months before. It was easy to imagine that a crime might go undetected out here.
glad to reach the civilisation of the main road at Earl
Stonham, although it took a little longer for me to shake
off that sense of foreboding, these ghosts of the past.
The site of the former Creeting St Olave. The little building at the top is an oil tank.
Despite its lonely location, St Olave is easily found. The OS reference is TM100576. take the road to the right beyond St Mary's church as you approach it from the south. Turn immediately right at the fork. You'll find the site (and plaque) opposite Wolney Hall. Be aware that there is no through road for cars to Earl Stonham - you'll have to turn around and come back.