• Delve into Suffolk’s prosperous past at the churches of Holy Trinity in Long Melford and St Peter & St Paul in Eye
• Encounter some hidden medieval treasures – from bench carvings to wall paintings – in less frequented churches
• Stay in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, a stone’s throw from its fascinating cathedral with layers of modern architecture
BA, MPhil, FRSA
Imogen Corrigan is a medieval historian
Tour assembles 1330 at the Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds, for four nights. Welcome lecture followed by a visit to St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Morning visits to St Mary the Virgin Church, Bergholt and Stratford St Mary. Afternoon: St Mary’s Church, Combs.
Morning: St Nicholas’s Church, Denston and Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. Afternoon: St Gregory’s Church, Sudbury and St Mary’s Church, Brent Eleigh.
Morning visits to St Mary’s Church, Thornham Parva, St Mary the Virgin Church, Yaxley and the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Eye. Afternoon: St Andrew’s Church, Wingfield and St Mary’s Church, Dennington.
Morning: St Mary’s Church, Bacton and St Andrew’s Church, Cotton. Afternoon visits to St Ethelbert’s Church, Hessett and St Mary’s Church, Woolpit. Tour disperses 1630 at Bury St Edmunds Station followed by the hotel.
28 Jun — 2 Jul 2021
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Imogen says: “I am excited to take an ACE group on this new tour, which will introduce us to an array of delightful and very different parish churches and reveal our medieval ancestors. I am increasingly convinced that we can learn about them as real people from the carvings and images that they left behind, and explore what mattered to them. The churches we will visit were built before the Reformation of the 1530s, in a time when most people truly believed that both heaven and hell existed and that it was their duty to get into paradise. That said, they were human beings with human frailties and fears, not to mention a keen sense of the absurd. It is evident that they also wanted to bring their good works to God’s attention, as we may discover on this tour. I have included some well-known churches but also ones that might be new, even to enthusiastic church explorers and, as always, I have chosen ones which showcase some of the best glass, carvings and murals that the county has to offer.”
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
While we do not expect this tour to be especially strenuous, some of the sites visited will contain uneven flooring, steps, ramps and dimly lit interiors. The visit to St Gregory’s Church in Sudbury will involve a walk of around one mile, and the visit to Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford will require a short walk up a shallow slope.
E GENTLER TOUR
Churches of Suffolk is one in a series of more gently paced tours, ideal for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while enjoying the same high level of academic content. Walking and travelling distances are typically shorter, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and explorations within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major amenities. Please note, however, that participants should meet ACE’s usual fitness requirements.
Cost of £1125 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £150.
TOUR CODE: CHU221