St Mary, Ickworth, Suffolk - 25th September 2005

This church, in the park next to Ickworth House (property of the National Trust), belongs to the Marquis of Bristol.  The tower is an 18th century rebuilding,  however the bell stage and the majority of the rest of the church date from a restoration of 1833.

St Mary, Ickworth, Suffolk - 25th September 2005 - MTC

Clearly repairs and preservation of this building are not priorities, as it is currently boarded up and a notice outside warns that the structure is dangerous.  The windows are boarded up and the churchyard is very overgrown, making pictures of the building difficult to achieve.  A shameful way to treat a lovely building.

St Mary, Ickworth, Suffolk - 25th September 2005 - MTC

The church was declared redundant in the 1970s, and has not seen much care since.  There is apparently a 14th century wall painting of an angel in the chancel - let's hope it manages to survive the present neglect.

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