Monument record BAD 010 - Church of St Mary, Badley.

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St Mary's Church.


Grid reference Centred TM 06243 55916 (67m by 49m)
Map sheet TM05NE


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St Mary's Church.
Small church lying in the middle of Church Green, adjoining Badley Walk (BAD 008) on the north side. Consists of a nave, chancel and W tower, together with a wooden S porch. Chancel has an early C13 lancet window and the S doorway in the nave is of the same date. Crown-post roof. The tower has a brick top and a large Perpendicular W window - apparently a later insertion. The Church has a largely untouched C17/C18 interior - benches, bow pews, pulpit and desk. Many monuments to the Poley family (S1).
In 1492 a Chantry was founded in the church by the then lord of the manor, Edmund Rafeman alias Alcoke (S2) for the souls of himself, his parents, his uncle Richard Schyilocke, his wives and his friends and benefactors. Since 1968 this Chantry has been erroneously located in the S of the Hall barn (see BAD 003) but the 1492 will makes it clear that the Chantry was to be in the church. In the C18 the living was a donative in the direct gift of the lord of the manor and it was noted that the incumbent and church wardens had never been summoned to Archdeacons' or Bishops' visitations (S3). Church recently (1989) restored by the Redundant Church Fund.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. 81.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: SIA Excursion notes 1989; notes on the will of Edmund Rafeman.
  • <S2> (No record type): Will proved 1492, Norwich Consistory Court.
  • <M2> (No record type): alias Alcoke 1492.
  • <S3> (No record type): S.R.O. (Ipswich) HAI/DB/3/21.

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Record last edited

Feb 26 2007 3:15PM

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