Welcome to St Mary's Church, Rickinghall, Suffolk, UK
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!


St Mary's, Rickinghall Inferior:o visit at another time please contact the Rector to arrange for the church to be unlocked.

Church Guide

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.


Church History

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.


Family History

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.

To ALL Redgrave, Botesdale and Rickinghall Residents

COVID-19/Coronavirus Outbreak


These are worrying times but as a community it is good to know that we can help and support each other. Many of you are already helping friends and neighbours.

We are now putting together a coordinated plan to safely offer assistance to anyone, in the community, so that everyone can receive the help they need.


If you are socially distancing (because of your age or underlying health conditions) or if you are self-isolating (because you or a member of your household is unwell) we can help with the following:

  • Shopping
  • Picking up a prescription
  • Posting mail
  • A friendly phone call
  • Walking your dog
  • Light gardening

We are also happy to talk to anyone and, when required, to refer people to other organisations offering support locally and nationally.


Please contact:  

Revd. Chris Norburn (Church of England)

01379 898685     or     revchris@rbrchurch.org.uk

Mr. Brian Shurmer (Botesdale Methodist Chapel)

01379 890898     or     b.r.shurmer42@gmail.com   

Mr. Kev Gladwell (Parkview Chapel)

07557 784152             or     kevin@parkviewchapel.co.uk



If you are fit and healthy, and able to offer help with any of the above please contact:

Revd. Chris Norburn- 01379 898685 or revchris@rbrchurch.org.uk

You will then be offered any relevant advice and guidance before your name is passed on to people requesting help.


Sent on behalf of all the churches in these villages.


Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1Peter 5v7




We take safeguarding seriously and our PCCs have adopted the CofE national policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’.  The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Mr Tim Bonnett can be contacted on: 07785 621319. If you would like to speak to local contacts, their names and contact details are displayed at church.

Further information about safeguarding can be found on the Diocesan website page:


The full Church of England Handbook on Safeguarding can be found for viewing and downloading at: