St Mary The Virgin at Earl Stonham

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A Brief History



St Mary the Virgin is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1066, with three Saxon nobles, Alflet, Ulmar and Ulric each recorded as having a share of the church. There is evidence of the site being used as a sacred place by the Romans. Cinerary Urns have been found. Little is known of the site's occupation prior to that period, but sacred sites tended to be used for generations. The church has an entry in Simon Jenkins' 'England's 1000 Best Churches' and is noted for its magnificent hammer beam roof.

For more information, follow the link to Suffolk churches web page. www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/earlstonham.html

Worship at St Mary's



The church is used for regular Sunday Worship, Church Festivals and gatherings of a community nature. Other events are held in the adjacent Parish Room, which is available to groups of good standing and its use is actively encouraged. The Parish Room is used by many local societies and community groups throughout the year.

Regular services at St Mary's



  • First Sunday in the month - 11.00am Informal Holy Communion
  • Second Sunday in the month - 8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer). 11.00am Morning Prayer
  • Third Sunday in the month - 11.00am Holy Communion
  • Fourth Sunday in the month - 11.00am Together on Sunday. Coffee and Cake from10.30am, then service at 11.00am.
  • Fifth Sunday in the month. Only one service in the Benefice held at 10.00am. The churches take turns to host this.
  • Mid-week Holy Communion in the Parish Room, second and fourth Wednesdays at 10.00am.
  • Every Tuesday we have Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m

Parish Room



Situated near the Church, the Parish Room is favoured with an adjacent car park and easy access. The hire charge is £5.00 per hour including heating and use of crockery, etc.
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To hire, contact Frankie Wicks on 711222.

Summer Services at St Mary's Church, Stonham Parva



Also standing within the Parish of Earl Stonham is the beautiful little church of St Mary the Virgin at Stonham Parva. It is maintained by the Church’s Conservation Trust and is open every day. Again there is more detail about the building on the Suffolk Churches web site at http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/stonhamparva.htm

We use it for worship on a few Sundays each year. The dates for 2019 will be published here when they are available.

© 2018 Earl Stonham Parish Council