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:  The church is open to welcome visitors  every Saturday from about 10.00 am 'till late afternoon.  To 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.


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: