Welcome to St Mary's Church

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!

Opening Hours

St Mary's, Rickinghall Inferior:

Open every Saturday during the summer 'till end of September  From about 10.00 am until 5.00 pm

Members of local history group, Quatrefoil, will be holding displays in the church on the 2nd Saturday of the months of May, June, July, August & September from 09.00 till 13.00 to coincide with the Rickinghall Farmer's Market held in the nearby village hall at the same times. Ample free parking is available. 



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.

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.