Our parish church – the 'Westminster Abbey' of West Suffolk according to some guides- is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. There has been a place of worship here since Saxon times with a pre-Norman Conquest preaching cross still in the church and the building materials containing roman tiles, probably hard core from the nearby roman villa.
Since the 13th Century, it was in the control of the Barnardiston family and, as they were friends of Oliver Cromwell, the monuments and interior were left largely untouched by the ravages of the Civil War. Several centuries later, the family left the area and there was no manorial family to 'modernise' the building. This 'accident' of history meant that the ancient pews, the three- decker pulpit and many other unusual features were left unchanged.
Many guidebooks, including Pevsner and Simon Jenkins 'Englands' thousand best churches' include us within their covers.