Sunday, 25 November 2012

Long Melford Parish Church & Village

Before leaving Melford Hall behind let's look at a little of the village before moving on

This photograph of Long Melford church was taken from the grounds of Kentwell House (a few posts ago) and Melford Hall (last posts) is almost opposite across the green so it is certainly a village with plenty to see

Holy Trinity church is one of the great Suffolk 'wool churches' built almost entirely in the 15th century at a time of growing prosperity among the local cloth merchants
it was completed in 1484

On the way into the church grounds we pass this interesting building with lots of chimneys which I understand was once a hospital

Long Melford has been a busy village since Tudor times
here we see the very modern interior of a boutique
with the outside maintaining it's ancient exterior 

There are excellent restaurants and shops and above we see the Bull Inn in Hall street, one of the longest village high streets in the country 

 For those interested in the ancient history go to this link as it dates back to 8,000BC
If this link does not work then click on this link 
and click on village history on the left sidebar
definitely worth it - I found it fascinating and informative


Terri said...

Now you're on to towns I recognize the names. Melford, Lakenheath, and Bury St. Edmunds is the area we saw when we visited our son and his family when they were stationed there at the RAF base. We went to visit Grimes Graves nearby, a 4,000 year old flint mining area. We also saw the remains of the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds.
(I'm reading a book about Queen Boudicca called Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott. Thank you for the link. It was very interesting, and gives me an idea of the local area in the book.) Love your blog!

Priscilla said...

I love all the antiques shops over there in L.M..

Needled Mom said...

OMGoodness....look at that stunning "wool church"!!! That is gorgeous!

The town li stunning too. I love the look of the colorful hollyhocks against the buildings.

Vee said...

Barbara, I distinctly remember being here reading this post. I even read the history, which is very ancient indeed, but somewhere along the way, I didn't return to leave a comment. Or, if I did, which is somewhat possible I suppose, you can remove this one. I wondered about all those chimneys at the hospital and then thought that that was probably their way of keeping things warm and more comfortable for the sick. I hope that's so anyway.

Grayseasailor said...

Cathedrals/churches can be such amazing structures! I am drawn to meditate on the awesomeness of God even just by seeing a photo of one like you feature in this post! Thanks for the links to the history sites as well, Barbara :) Gracie

Elizabeth said...

Dear Barbara,
As ever I l loved my little tour.
Had not heard of the Beatrix Potter connection.
Also love the idea of sitting comfortably in a stately home (post below).
It looked sunny in the photos so I guessed they were taken in the summer!
All best wishes.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love history and to be in a place that goes back in years that far would be wonderful. Living in the US we have nothing to compare. I do enjoy all the pictures and thank you once again.

Linda Metcalf said...

On our tours in the UK we have always been lucky enough that we were taken to the churches and cathedrals in every city and willage we visited. These old churches are so beautiful and full of history . You are a very lucky lady to live with such history on a daily basis. I'm very envious!

CherryPie said...

I am not sure if my comment posted, Blogger through a wobbly so I will try again.

The village looks really interesting and the stained glass windows are fabulous.

Lorrie Orr said...

What a beautiful church. I'm glad the wool merchants put some of their profits into this building where God was worshipped and glorified and continues to be so (I hope).
There is a small town in Saskatchewan named Melford. I wonder if it was so named by a homesick Englishman.

Trisha said...

What rich history, thank you so much for sharing. Have a great week.

Lori Zehr said...

Barbara: The architecture and gardens of your country never cease to amaze me! This post was gorgeous! I love the hollyhocks in the one picture--they are a favorite flower of mine! Thank you for the beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Another very pretty village, Barbara. The church is particularly impressive, with all of those windows, and the detail around the altar. It is interesting seeing the contrast between the modern and the ancient in the shop.
Thank you for all the kind comments you left on my blog.Your visits are very much appreciated.

Cheri said...

Beautiful shot, the church is so pretty.

Sara said...

That is a lovely church; I enjoyed walking around inside via your photos. Its rather refreshing, also, to see all the summertime flowers now that summer has past.