Stepping inside, unusually there is no porch, on a cold snowy day in January and lights came on automatically, what a good idea.
This is the reason for this church being in the 100 treasures book (and more lights came on as I walked towards it)
Behind the altar is a painted oak panel or retable dating all the way back over six and a half centuries to the 1330s.It is part of a work that was probably originally made for the Dominican Priory in Thetford. It was lost for decades until an ancestor of Lord Henniker bought it at the sale of a farm in Stradbrooke in 1778 it was then forgotten again and found in a stable loft at Thornham Hall in 1927 when it was given to the church. It was during restoration in 1998 that the age of the panel was confirmed. There is another part of this panel in the Musee de Cluny.
But it's not just this panel that people come to see because on the walls are the remains of C14 wall paintings
The view down the nave
And looking back from the altar, the font is also small. There is a little gallery from C18 overhead with a round Saxon window, now just looking into the tower which was added in the 1480's
I wonder if this chest dates all the way back to the beginnings of the church
A board shows how the panels would have looked together with more information
Hope you can read from my photo who all the Saints are
More description of this special little church on the Suffolk Churches Website HERE
Many Thanks for comments yesterday, apologies for not replying and I also didn't get round to commenting anywhere else either.......sorry