The Family Church at Ickworth

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Comments (11)

Steven Stoddart on May 3, 2011

This church used to serve the village of Ickworth.. If the tales are true, past Lords of the manor (the Hervery's) at Ickworth turfed out the villagers and used St. Mary's as their own place of worship. Further, generations of the Hervey's are buried here.

The church is in a sad state of repair - all but derelict from what I can gather. There is a conservation trust that looks after the building but significant funds will be required to restore it to its former glory.

lozpet on May 3, 2011

Very sad when these lovely churches are left in this state due to lack of funds or lack of interest, Like, Cheers, LOZ

Steven Stoddart on May 3, 2011

Hiya Loz - It is sad when old buildings fall into such a state but this one is an odd-ball. "Ickworth" was a village way back but when the Hervey's built the manor, the villagers were 'relocated'.

This church fell into a kind of Limbo without the usual recourse (as far as I can tell) to maintenance funds available to other places of worship.

With the decline of the Hervey's, came the decline of the church...

It has since been gifted to a restoration trust so who knows? Maybe the sun will rise again over a rejuvenated church.

Thanks for the like



Closed on May 4, 2011

It is a beautiful church and lovely grounds, I agree, it is sad that it's in the state it is... sure would be nice for someone to restore it! Like too!

Now, SuperSteve, I have a most pressing question... What exactly is an Ick Worth?

Smiles, GG:))))

Steven Stoddart on May 4, 2011

Ah! GG is trying to catch me out. You will have to work harder than that, old sausage :-(

Well a cunning answer is one fuppence (I kid you not!). But everything was cheap way back then.



Annelies Vink on May 5, 2011

Beautiful and lovely view to the church, LIKE!



Steven Stoddart on May 5, 2011

Hello Annelies! Welcome back to my Pano gallery :-) thanks for the like!



Cindy Breen on May 10, 2011

Very lovely Steve...But I am afraid if I went inside it would collapse on me LOL



Steven Stoddart on May 10, 2011

Hiya Marion :-) Well, I wouldn't worry... in the event of such a disastrous calamity, you would be in the ideal place!

I would love to have a root about here. There is something compelling about a place that has been allowed to decay.. the sights inside would be a mix of sad and utterly captivating..

Thanks for the like :-)



A..W.. on May 15, 2011


Pete Taylor on May 21, 2011

Great shot Steve,very nicely composed, like from me.


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    by Steven Stoddart
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