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Ickworth Church Tour

Ickworth Church Tour
Start Date: 18 August 2021
Start Time: 10.30am
End Date: 18 August 2021
End Time: 11.30am

St Mary's Church, Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE

A full tour of Ickworth Church within the historic Ickworth Park including the church's vault & clock tower.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to be part of the full tour of the church, which includes the family vaults and clock tower that are rarely on view to the general public.

Ickworth Church is a former parish church in Ickworth Park near Bury St Edmunds . The church is within view of Ickworth House, now owned by the National Trust. 

The church served Ickworth village, which no longer exists. With the growth of the Ickworth Estate, the church became mainly associated with those living and working in Ickworth House and its Park. It is also the main burial place of the Hervey family, who owned and lived at Ickworth from the mid 15th century to 1998.Church fabricThe church is medieval with major 19th-century alterations. 

The chancel is mid C13, the north nave doorway is C13 or C14. The chancel has a C15 restored south nave window. A C15 plain Octagonal limestone font. A C17 octagonal pulpit, converted around 1775 into a 3-decker with balustrading and original graining. 20 C17 and C18 marble wall and floor slabs in the chancel, many with carved achievements to members of the Hervey family. 14 C17 and C18 wall tablets in the nave to members of the Hervey family and others. A C15 red-line wall painting of the angel of the Annunciation on east wall of chancel. 

Roundels of painted Flemish glass dating from C14-C19.Hervey family tombsThe Herveys, who owned Ickworth for almost 500 years, are buried in the vault under the church and in the churchyard. 

The line of those laid to rest here begins with Thomas Hervey (d. 1467), who was the first of this family to own Ickworth. After him, almost every Earl and every Marquess of Bristol has been buried there, as were many of their daughters and wives. The 6th Marquess (d. 1985) was buried in Menton (France) for 25 years until the 8th Marquess had him reinterred in the vault of Ickworth Church in October 2010.

The tours are restricted to 10 people per tour and is by ticket only. 

Tickets are £5 per person which includes free guide book. 

Email john@ickworthchurch.org.uk to book.

Hosted by Ickworth Church Conservation Trust.

2021 Dates

July 14 (4pm - 5pm)

August 18 (10.30am - 11.30am)

September 9 (10.30am - 11.30am)

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