St Augustine, Harleston, Suffolk

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Harleston is in rolling arable land 2 miles W of Stowmarket. The church and the moated hall site are close together to the NE of the village centre. St Augustine’s is a single-cell church of flint and septaria with a wooden bell-turret on the W gable and a thatched roof. The N and S nave doorways are 12thc. in origin. The S, plain and heavily restored, is practically obscured by a pair of evergreens planted to either side. The N is blocked, and the blocking includes pieces of ashlar from the jambs and a long, curved stone, presumably from the arch. None of these has any carved decoration. The other windows are 13thc. and plain. Inside there is no chancel arch but a 14thc. wooden screen. There was a restorationc.1860, to which belong the W front including the bell-turret, the E window and the chancel furnishings.


Harleston was held by St Edmundsbury Abbey before the Conquest and in 1086. Under King Edward it was held by two free men from the abbot, and in 1086 by Adelund from him. There were a carucate and twenty acres of ploughland, of which the 20-acre holding was in the hands of Peter. There was a church with 25 acres of free land.

Benefice of Great Finborough, Harleston, Buxhall, Shelland and Onehouse.


Exterior Features


Nave S doorway

Single order, round-headed. Plain, square-section jambs and arch separated by plain hollow-chamfered imposts. All of shelly limestone.

h. of opening (ignoring step) 2.12 m
w. of opening 0.97 m




  • H. M. Cautley, Suffolk Churches and their Treasures. London 1937, 267.
  • D. P. Mortlock, The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches: 1 W Suffolk. Cambridge 1988, 90-91.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. E. Radcliffe 1975, 250.
Exterior from SW.
View towards Harleston Hall from church.
N side from NW.
Interior to E.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TM 018 604 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Suffolk
now: Suffolk
medieval: North Elmham (c.950-1071), Thetford (1071-94), Norwich (from 1094)
now: St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Augustine
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter