The Holy Trinity Church is located at the northern end of Long Melford, by the village green. It is known as one of the great Suffolk wool churches, and it dates back to the 15th century, though the tower was built in 1903. It is filled with medieval stained glass, which flood the nave with light.
This church, built from stone and flint is very impressive - I am not sure I have ever seen so much glass. Take the time to have a look inside - the tranquil interior is filled with arches, and you can take a closer look at those windows. There is usually a guide there as well if you would like to learn more about the church.
At one end of the building is the small Lady Chapel, which is accessed from outside the church. It was built as a devotional shrine, and these days looks like the perfect place for a small wedding ceremony.
Holy Trinity church was built during the 15th Century, with the exception of its tower - a very recent addition that was added as late as 1903. The church is huge, a typical statement by the medieval wool and cloth merchants that funded its building, using it as an oportunity to display their wealth. A large, sprawling churchyard surrounds it, with farmland and Tudor Kentwell Hall beyond. There is lots to see inside, together with the now seemingly obligatory gift-shop found in such notable churches.
Kentwell Hall is a magnificent moated Tudor building set in extensive grounds. A long, tree-lined avenue leads you to what is a privately-owned family home, but one very open and accessable to the public - open air concerts, Tudor recreation days and ghost tours are regular features in the Kentwell Hall calendar. I spent a wonderful evening here once, enjoying an open air performance of the opera La Bohem, with a picnic, champagne and a huge umbrella to keep off the summer rain.
A lot of the rooms in the house are open for public viewing, and the Tudor kitchens are so interesting, especially on the Tudor-themed recreation days when the staff wear period costume. There is also a brick maze, a rare breeds farm, and gardens to explore.
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Favorite thing: This small brick building stands by Melfords village green, at the turning to nearby Glemsford. As far as I know it is the old village lockup, that was used to house minor criminals and miscreants overnight. It seems rather ornate for such a structure, although that means it ties in rather nicely with Tudor built Melford Hall, which stands opposite. However, there is a surprising lack of information for this intriguing little building. If anyone knows more of its history, please email me.
Favorite thing: This beautiful Tudor brick building sits just outside Holy Trinity church. The Hospital of the Undivided Trinity was built in the 1570s by Sir William Cordell, who lived in nearby Kentwell Hall, and served both both Mary and Elizabeth Tudor as queens. He built it as a hospital for "twelve poor men and two servants" and amazingly it is still used as a hospital to this day.
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