Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Holy Trinity Church (Long Melford)

Holy Trinity is the parish church of the picturesque village of Long Melford in Suffolk.

It has a superb position overlooking the Village Green at the top of the very long village street.

The church is largely mediaeval, having been rebuilt by the Clopton family in the late 15th century. The excellent West tower, 118 feet high, was built by G. F. Bodley in 1903, encasing a brick tower which had been built in 1725.

A window has a figure of Elizabeth Talbot, Duchess of Norfolk, said to have inspired some of John Tenniel`s illustrations in "Alice in Wonderland".

Among the other highlights are a 14th century reredos depicting the Adoration of the Magi; a piece of mediaeval glass showing three hares; and stained glass from about 1450 showing a lily crucifix.

At the East end, with its own separate entrance, is the Lady Chapel, almost a separate building, which has a rare ambulatory around the actual chapel.

In the churchyard is buried Edmund Blunden, one of the First World War poets, who spent his last days at Long Melford.

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