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St Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland
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St Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland
51°59′22.01″N 0°53′28.77″E / 51.9894472°N 0.8913250°E / 51.9894472; 0.8913250Coordinates: 51°59′22.01″N 0°53′28.77″E / 51.9894472°N 0.8913250°E / 51.9894472; 0.8913250
Location Stoke-by-Nayland
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Mary
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Length 168 feet (51 m)
Height 120 feet (37 m)
Parish Stoke-by-Nayland
Deanery Hadleigh
Archdeaconry Ipswich
Diocese Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

St Mary's Church is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England in Stoke-by-Nayland.


The earliest parts of the church date from the late 13th century or early 14th century and comprise the south porch, St Edmund's Chapel (ca. 1318) and some of the aisle wall. The remainder was rebuilt in the 15th century

The church is noted for the south porch with its groin vaulted roof, restored carved bosses . and priests chamber above. The South door is a Jesse tree, carved with figures, birds and insects.


The church has a number of 15th century brasses and a wall monument to Sir Francis Mannock, 1st Baronet, of Giffords Hall (d 1634).

Parish status

The church is in a group of parishes which includes:

  • St Matthew's Church, Leavenheath
  • St Mary's Church, Polstead


The church has a two manual pipe organ the origins of which are from an organ of around 1834 by Gray. There has been subsequent renovations and alterations by Gray and Davison, Henry Jones, Rayson and Bishop and Son. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


The tower contains 8 bells with a tenor weight of 22cwt in D. Details on the bells as follows:

Bell Weight Nominal Note Diameter Dated Founder Canons Turning
1 5-1-2 1177.4 D 29.00" 1956 John Taylor & Co F N
2 5-1-21 1112.6 C# 29.88" 1956 John Taylor & Co F N
3 6-1-15 985.2 B 32.13" 1956 John Taylor & Co F N
4 7-0-23 875.6 A 35.00" 1725 Thomas Gardiner Y Y
5 9-3-18 778.8 G 38.38" c1499† ? John Sturdy Y Y
6 14-0-0 739.0 F# 42.38" c1380† (unidentified) R Y
7 15-1-24 653.8 E 45.75" 1699 Henry Pleasant Y Y
8 22-0-12 582.2 D 52.00" 1811 Thomas II Mears R Y
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