St Mary's is a flint church with ashlar dressings consisting of a nave with a three-bay N aisle, chancel and W tower with a short spire. The church was rebuilt in 1878 and at first sight it appears to be all of that date, but the S nave wall includes a doorway with a 12thc. arch, and the chancel has pilaster strips suggesting 11-12thc. fabric. The S doorway is the only feature described here.
Walpole was held by 17 free men from Count Alan in 1086, although the Domesday Survey recorded that others also held land there, valued with Bramfield. A church with 16 acres and half an acre of meadow was recorded.
Blyth Valley Team Ministry, i.e. Blyford, Bramfield, Chediston, Halesworth, Holton, Linstead Parva, Spexhall, Thorington, Walpole, Wenhaston and Wissett.
2nd order: Jambs and imposts as first order except that the jambs have plain stop chamfers at top and bottom. This section is all 19thc. The 12thc. arch is carved with lateral centrifugal chevron on the face; a fat roll towards the intrados, then a slimmer roll and a narrow fillet, with a cogwheel edge. The label is carved with a series of discs, each carved with an eight-spoked wheel and linked to its neighbours by straight reeded clasps to form a chain.
|h. of opening||2.08 m|
|w. of opening||0.97 m|