The Church of St Edmund King & Martyr, Assington in Suffolk
The Church building is the main meeting place for the Christian community in our village but its a building for everyone.
It is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building set in idyllic countryside, surrounded by the lands of Assington Hall. A Church was first recorded on the site in the Domesday Book of 1086. The current Church was owned for over 300 years by the Gurdon family who also owned most of the village and farms, until the estate was sold in 1938.
The Church tower, which was renovated in 1863, has gothic arched windows, angled buttresses and battlements. It has an octagonal corner staircase turret which is entered from outside the Church.
The main part of the Church also has battlements around the top on the outside and the roof is covered in clay peg tiles. The windows are perpendicular gothic. Internally, it has a wooden roof of braced cambered beams with crown posts, supported by stone bosses of angels and roses. There are rows of wooden Victorian pine pews and Victorian brass candle holders on stands placed alternately at the ends of pew rows.
The north vestry (which is entered via the door next to the organ) was added in 1860. The Chancel (the area of the Church leading to the altar) is recorded as having been falling down in 1827. It was rebuilt at a cost of £3,000 but we understand it took until 1868 for the final bill to be paid for this!
At one stage, there were six bells in the Church tower dating from the mid 14th century to the mid 17th century. The Great Bell (Gabriel) was reported to have been fixed in 1784. However, it appears from recent inspections that the current bells were all cast in 1890 by John Warner and Sons, London
The Churchyard contains, among many family graves, a large monument to the Gurdon family as well as a memorial to the only First World War soldier brought home to Assington. The Churchyard is also a haven for plants and wildlife. During a study undertaken in 1993, a total of 101 different wild flower varieties were recorded in the Churchyard.