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All Saints, Blyford, Suffolk

(52°20′5″N, 1°33′23″E)
TM 424 767
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Suffolk
now Suffolk
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

All Saints is a flint church with a single, aisleless nave and chancel with no chancel arch, and a W tower. The nave is 12thc. with N and S doorways in-situ, the N under a 15thc. porch. It has been rendered inside and out, and buttressed with brick at the SW. The tower is Perpendicular with diagonal buttresses and decorative flushwork. Romanesque sculpture is found on the two nave doorways.


Immediately before the Conquest, Blyford was held by Edwin the Thegn, whose will includes a bequest of land to Blyford church (Whitelock). The manor was held by Godric the Steward in demesne in 1086. The holding then included a church with 12 acres. By 1203 the manor had passed to the family of de Criketot, lords of Munchensy, and by 1280 to the Bavents by marriage. The church was granted to Blythborough priory by Ralph de Criketotc.1199, and remained a possession of the priory until the Dissolution.

Blyth Valley Team Ministry, i.e. Blyford, Bramfield, Chediston, Halesworth, Holton, Linstead Parva, Spexhall, Thorington, Walpole, Wenhaston and Wissett.


Exterior Features



Nothing remains of the Anglo-Saxon church; the two doorways belonging to the 1120s or ?30s.

D Whitelock (ed.), Anglo Saxon Wills. Cambridge 1930, 87, 199
H. M. Cautley, Suffolk Churches and their Treasures. London 1937, 228.
D. P. Mortlock, The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches: 3 East Suffolk. Cambridge 1992, xxx.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. E. Radcliffe 1975, 101-02.
A. Suckling, The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk, II. London 1848, 163-68.