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Kedington Church. There is a picturesque view of the church tower from the west which is fronted by an attractive water mill and cottage on the narrow River Stour with water meadows adjoining. The church is known as 'The Westminster Abbey of Suffolk' due to the number of tombs and wall monuments within. This church is almost unspoilt and is the only one I felt, of the 508 visited, where I had an eerie feeling, whether that was to do with the built in crypt or the Roman connection, I know not!
 

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The Church of St Peter has a Saxon Cross thought to be 1100 years old above the altar. The church is 143' long and 48' wide and is regarded as one of the better churches for internal features in the county. The length of service in medieval England was recorded by an hour glass, it is believed the oldest hour glass stand in the UK is within.

A benefactor of the church was Sir Samuel Barnadiston and in 1641 Queen Henrietta Maria named him a 'roundhead' for which the name stuck with Parliamentarians from this date!

The River Stour continues its course South from here and divides Essex from Suffolk between Sturmer [Essex] and Wixoe [Suffolk], here the boundary is irregular where Suffolk extends South of the river and at Baythorne End, Essex is North of the river. The Stour Valley Path skirts Baythorne Park between here and Kedington

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The hour glass was for timing the sermons, not the service. It is attached to a three decker pulpit which also has a wig pole. Until it was stolen recently there used to be an ancient alms box made of a hollowed out tree trunk sunk into the aisle floor.

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Thank you for the correction Christine and welcome to the forum smile.gif

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There is a good website here on Kedington and nearby parishes

http://www.petersassortment.idf50.co.uk/site3/index.htm

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