An easy find but the church was unfortunately closed. We are just driving back down the driveway when we realise that a couple were opening the church. So we backed up and went to say hello. We were really glad we did as it was a lovely church which we would not have like to miss. The font had a lovely cover with an opening cupboard which revealed a beautiful picture. There was fantastic tow sided lectern where the Old Testament lessons are read from one side and the new testament readings from the other side. But the really interesting thing was the museum cases full of information about St Edmund and about the Hoxne Hoard. Thanks for bringing us here.Above, there are three large wall paintings on the north wall of the nave. They are probably among the largest in Suffolk, but poorly preserved. The first, as you’d expect, depicts St Christopher. The second, which looks like a tree, is the seven deadly sins. The third, seven figures with scrolls, is the seven works of mercy.
The font is an excellently preserved example of a 15th century East Anglian font, with a modern cover in the late medieval style. Aside from this, the nave is a typical, fairly urban 19th century interior, with some good quality glass. The north aisle is the village museum, with displays and artefacts illustrating the history of the parish. There is a large display on the Hoxne Treasure, a vast Roman hoard discovered here in the early 1990s. It is now on prominent display at the British Museum in London. The treasure is one of the most valuable Roman hoards ever discovered in Britain; another, the Mildenhall Treasure, was also discovered in Suffolk.
But it is not for the Hoxne Treasure that the village is most famous. For here, so legend has it, the martyrdom of St Edmund occured. Edmund was King of East Anglia, and was murdered by a raiding party of Vikings in 870. Shot by arrows, he was then decapitated. His followers, searching for the head, found it three days later, guarded by a huge wolf. A wolf, therefore, is one of his symbols; another is a crown surroundind a pair of crossed arrows. While St Felix is patron Saint of Suffolk, St Edmund is patron Saint of East Anglia, and should be of all England. He is certainly a more appropriate candidate than the spurious and violent St George.
st marys long stratton Oh dear, the church was closed and we couldn’t find the cache. I think it needs checking. That is a seriously difficult road to cross.
We have just been to see the amazing carved Bayeux Tapestry by a local man and wanted to come to this church too. It was well worth the visit with an amazing round font with an opening cover and a beautiful picture inside. The lectern had four carved saints on it. In the chapel was a lovely dado with four scenes on it, now been transformed into a reredos. The main reredos has a matching altar frontal and is fantastic in paint and gold. The ceiling had painted angels and there is a squint leading to the vestry. The cache was quickly found in this pretty village.
England’s Nazareth has been a place of pilgrimage since Saxon times and is famous for its Shrine of Our Lady and its ruined priory.