St Mary le Tower


It was in the churchyard of St Mary that the town charter was written in 1200.

About this church

Although medieval, the church mostly dates from 1860-70 whenit was rebuilt by Richard Phipson. Rebuilding was funded by George Bacon, a banker and philanthropist. 

There are fine brasses in the chancel floor, a brass memorial to a previous vicar, Revd Douglas-Hamilton and the tower was the first in Suffolk to houses a peal of 12 bells.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church

Other nearby churches

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St Peter by the Waterfront

St Peter’s is mentioned in the Domesday Survey in 1086, suggesting that there was a church on this site then, but the current building dates from the 15th century and was taken over by Cardinal Wolsey to become his College chapel and the parishioners had to either go to the neighbouring St Nicholas or St Mary Quay.

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St Mary

A rural church on the edge of modern life.

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St Mary

Chopped off from its village by the main Ipswich trunk road Stratford's church is perhaps best first viewed from the quiet lane (the Dedham road) just to the east, but it needs to be looked at close to as well, because it has really excellent, and very unusual, flintwork.

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