St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds

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Ickworth Church, is a former parish church located within Ickworth Park near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England.HistoryThe church is located within view of Ickworth House, now owned by the National Trust. It originally served the people of Ickworth village, which no longer exists. With the growth of the Ickworth Estate, the church became mainly associated with those living and working within Ickworth House and its Park. It is also the principal burial place of the Hervey family, who owned and lived at Ickworth from the mid 15th century to 1998.Church FabricThe church is medieval with major 19th Century alterations. The chancel is mid C13, the north nave doorway is C13 or C14. The chancel has a C15 restored south nave window. A C15 plain Octagonal limestone font. A C17 octagonal pulpit, converted around 1775 into a 3-decker with balustrading and original graining. 20 C17 and C18 marble wall and floor slabs in the chancel, many with carved achievements to members of the Hervey family. 14 C17 and C18 wall tablets in the nave to members of the Hervey family and others. A C15 red-line wall painting of the angel of the Annunciation on east wall of chancel. Roundels of painted Flemish glass dating from C14-C19.Hervey family tombsThe Herveys, who owned Ickworth for almost 500 years, are buried in the vault under the church and in the churchyard. The line of those laid to rest here begins with Thomas Hervey (d. 1467), who was the first of this family to own Ickworth. After him, almost every Earl and every Marquess of Bristol has been buried there, as were many of their daughters and wives. The 6th Marquess (d. 1985) was buried in Menton (France) for 25 years until the 8th Marquess had him reinterred in the vault of Ickworth Church in October 2010.
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  • August 3, 2017
    St Mary's is the parish church for Bury St Edmunds and it is not difficult to see why. The stained glass is magnificent, especially the west window and the ceiling has a series of carved, life-sized a...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Super nice and old church. The man who was in the Church (1.8.17) was very Flic and did a lot of good history around the Church and Mary and of King Edmund. Awesome experience!
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  • July 19, 2017
    This church is the third largest in the UK. It has an impressive display of satined glass windows and magnificent carvings of angels on the roof. Has a full choir and decent organ. It is the civic chu...  more »
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  • Very interesting . Visited the daughter of a king, sister of a king, wife of a king and grandmother of a queen. Super friendly folks at Sundays mass.
  • A lot of history, Mary tudor buried here, 3rd largest parish church in Uk
  • Great acoustic
  • Was refused entry because of the colour of my skin. Very impolite, will definitely never go here again.
  • Incredible building

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