St Peter and St Paul is a big church, and if it does not stand in the first rank of Suffolk churches it is because history has been so vigorously rewritten within its walls, that it is hard to see it as anything other than the rather pleasant Church of England parish church that it has become. Externally, however, it is as grand as any. It sits to the north of the little square, and is surrounded on three sides by roads, giving it a suitably urban feel. Much of it has been rebuilt over the years; most of the chancel in 1617, most of the nave in the 1440s, the tower at the end of the 19th century, mainly with the old materials. Other survivals from medieval times include the base of the tower, the aisles, the south chapel-cum-porch, part of the east window, and the lovely rood stair turrets either side of the east end of the nave.


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