Church of St Mary at Stoke

Listed Buildings in Ipswich: No 20 Church of St Mary at Stoke

Church of St Mary at Stoke

In the early Middle Ages Ipswich (and Suffolk) was renowned for its piety and when the Danes invaded during the 9th century they found so many places of Christian worship in the county that they renamed it ‘Selig Suffolk’. A Saxon word, Selig translates to ‘Blessed’ or ‘Holy’ and down the centuries has been corrupted to become ‘Silly Suffolk’.

St Mary Stoke Church (the earliest parts of which date from the 14th century some five hundred years after the Danes were plundering and pillaging) is one of twelve medieval churches in the town centre but holds the distinction of being the only one south of the River Orwell. Occupying an elevated position it offers some pretty splendid views out over the docks and the town centre (proper) on the other side.

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