Welcome to St Mary's Church
Please stay awhile to learn a little about our wonderful round towered church and its history. Having looked at us online, you might even be tempted to visit. You will be most welcome!
Click here to see photographs taken at the recent
Christmas Nativity Exhibition
St Mary's, Rickinghall Inferior:
From 7 May 2016 until the end of September 2016 the church will be open every Saturday from 10am until 5pm.
Chapel of Ease, Botesdale
From 7 May 2016 until the end of 24 September 2016 the chapel will be open every Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
The chapel is open by special request during winter months.
If you would like to visit at another time please contact the Rector to arrange for the church to be unlocked.
Church Guide (published September 2013)
A guide to the church has been written by Jean Sheehan, a former Churchwarden and something of an expert on the history of our church. This book, and others of local interest, have been published by 'Quatrefoil', a village group established specifically to publish books about the history of Rickinghall and the neighbouring villages Botesdale and Redgrave. Donations from the sale of the church guide and the book about Sam Speare, will be made to the church fabric fund. Click here for full details of how you can buy these books through the Quatrefoil web site.
Is our tower Saxon or Norman? Read the evidence.
What is the tall memorial in the churchyard? To find out, read a story of happiness and heartbreak written by our resident genealogist Sarah Doig.
Do you have any ancestors from Rickinghall?
The parish holds some registers of baptism, marriage and burial for both Rickinghall Inferior and Rickinghall Superior. We have also surveyed the inferior churchyard, transcribed memorial inscriptions (MIs) and taken photographs of many of the gravestones. Details of some 2,700 records can be found under the 'Parish Registers ' tab.
You may purchase transcriptions of the registers and MIs together with photographs of some of the grave stones. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the churchyard.