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The Doomsday Book of 1086 records that there was a church at Sudbury. This was most likely a wooden building, very possibly on the same site as the present building, and could have been of Saxon foundation. This building was thought to have been replaced by a stone building in Norman times. There are traces of Norman style work in the South doorway with its semicircular head and plain mouldings, and also in the small window high up over the door leading to the Vestry, but both these features have been substantially restored, if not completely replaced in later years. There is some evidence of Norman times in the rubble stone work in the Chancel south wall nearest the Nave. The Church is thought to have been rebuilt about 1300 if the appearance of the double chamfered arches on either side of the central aisle are anything to go by. Here the condition of their capitals and nail headed mouldings are suspiciously well preserved, and may well have been the result of later restoration. The same thing may account for the difference in the shape of the pillars on the North and South side of the aisle. About 1400 the pitch of the Nave roof was lowered to accommodate the clerestory wmdows. Some 200 years later, at about the time of the building of Sudbury Hall, the South porch was built and a balustrade parapet was added to the tower.
Directions: In grounds of Sudbury hall
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