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St Peter, Redisham, Suffolk

(52°24′16″N, 1°32′19″E)
TM 408 844
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Suffolk
now Suffolk
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St Peter's is a flint church of nave and chancel with a wooden bellcote over the W end of the nave, replacing the tower, which collapsed in the 19thc. There is no chancel arch, but sections of wall with responds between nave and chancel. The nave has been heightened and repaired in brick, and the exterior walls were once rendered. The church was repaired and the present pews installed by J. D. Botwright and J. Clarke in 1861-62. The nave walls presumably date from the 12thc., since there are Romanesque N and S doorways in-situ, the N blocked and partly obscured by an inconveniently sited shed; the S protected by a simple brick porch.


Redisham was held by Robert de Courson from Roger Bigod in 1086. No church was recorded. Afterwards the lord was Hugo de Berry, but by the 13thc. it was in the hands of a family who took their name from the manor, e.g. in 1266-67 Walter Redisham had free warren here. The manor passed by marriage to Sir John of Norwich before 1357-58, and subsequently to the college at Mettingham Castle (see Mettingham), where it remained until the Dissolution. The church was appropriated by the convent of Butley in the mid-13thc.

Wainford benefice, i.e. Ringsfield, Redisham, Barsham with Shipmeadow, Mettingham and Ilketshall St Andrew.


Exterior Features



Radial billet, as found on the S doorway, also occurs at Mettingham, and the decoration of the label arch with a chain of discs is similar to the W window at Westhall.

H. M. Cautley, Suffolk Churches and their Treasures. London 1937, 306.
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, 400.
A. Suckling, The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk, I. London 1846, 57-60.