This photo of the outside is from internet
Stepping inside all is light and bright, there were several people there cleaning and they always have a steward on duty for information. I spoke to a lady who had also been visiting all the churches in the 100 churches book until she had to give up driving. We both agreed that Thornham Parva is The most perfect small church and Blythburgh is amazing for it's original features.
The reason this church gets it's place in the book is because of the tomb of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk. The favourite sister of Henry VIII. Mary became queen of France after her marriage to Louis XII and on his death married Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. She died in 1533 and was buried in the Abbey in Bury. When the Abbey was dissolved in 1539 during the Reformation her body was transferred along the road to St Mary's.
More info about Mary is displayed by her tomb
As befits this big church there are some fantastic stained glass windows. This one below tells the story of Mary Tudor and was paid for by Queen Victoria.
Incredible colours and bosses on the chancel roof over the altar
This window above the chancel arch depicts the martyrdom of St Edmund and is based on a medieval pilgrims badge
One of 3 paintings showing scenes from the past. This is The Friday Dole - bread for the poor
There is so much more about this church on the Suffolk Churches website HERE.
Thank you for all the lovely comments about the grandchildren.