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Holy Trinity Church

 

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  • Despite being a parish church, Long Melford has the dimensions of a small cathedral being 75 metres long. The funding for this came from local cloth merchants who had made the area amongst the richest in the country at the time.
  • As such, the church has some of the finest medieval stained glass in existence. The highlight of the collection is perhaps the window featuring two local ladies who were later used as the inspiration of the Queen of Hearts in Alice In Wonderland.
  • At only 4 miles from the similarly styled and sized St Peter & St Paul at Lavenham, this was the product of local rivalry between settlements during the period they were built.
  • On the end of the church is a sizeable Lady Chapel, a rare addition for a parish church of any scale. Interestingly, the Lady Chapel is a completely separate building from the main church rather than a pure extension.
  • In 1711 the main tower was struck by lightning and damaged. It was rebuilt by G.F Bodley in something closer to its original form with stone and flint between 1898 and 1903, with the addition of four new pinnacles.

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Renovation Architect
G.F Bodley

Reference Data

Reference No.
5857
First Uploaded
22-01-2009
Last Editorial Date
17-07-2013
 

Building Location

Address
Church Walk, Long Melford. CO10
Council
Babergh District Council
County
Suffolk
Region
East Anglia
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Completion date
1496
Renovation Date
1903
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
36.00

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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