Once located here, on the south-eastern edge
of the modern graveyard of the church that is now called St Peter and St Mary (although then, it
was St Peter and St Paul, and now nearly all the
gravestones have gone) this little church served the
people of of the town of Stowmarket. The bigger,
surviving church was, at the time of Domesday, intended
to serve the wider parish, which extended to Stowupland, Gipping, Old Newton and beyond.
John Blatchly records that
it was here as early as 1086, beside its larger
neighbour, and still here to be entirely rebuilt
in the enthusiasm of the 1470s. But less than
seventy years later, and certainly by 1546, it
had been demolished.
This act of destruction was probably
because it was associated with the Abbey of St
Osyth, in Essex; several other Suffolk monastic
churches suffered similar fates, including Gedgrave and Capel St Andrew.
Today, this is a grassy square in
the middle of a busy town, a fine modern library
building overlooking the place where Masses were
said and prayers for the dead offered in
perpetuity. But to be honest, it is hard to sense
any ghosts here.
Knott, 1999, updated 2008
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