ST PETER'S CHAPEL OF EASE
St Peter's is one of four churches in the Hadleigh cluster in the centre of the Deanery area.
Lindsey, and its neighbours Kersey, Boxford and Groton, was a hotbed of puritan dissent in the early part of the 17th century, and from here hundreds of families fled across the Atlantic to the new world. This is a small, rustic church. There is no tower, and little chancel to speak of. Furnished with lime-washed wood and cold stone. The white walls bow outwards, and large windows with their dropped sills intensify the sense of lightness and air. It lends itself to private prayer far more than its grander neighbours. It is almost all of a piece, 14th century Decorated. The unsafe tower was removed in the early 19th century, and the clear glass of the west window fills the church with light. The light wood of the rood screen dado is set off by the surviving red, green and gold of the painted panels. Beyond, the three-sided altar rails are almost ghost-like, the oak is so silvered.
St Peter’s became a Chapel of Ease in 2015 and chose to be taken into the cluster around St Mary’s Hadleigh. It is open for Festival services.
Church Road, Lindsey, Suffolk IP7 6PS
St Peter, Lindsey, lies off the B1115 Hadleigh to Bury road, about 2 miles from Kersey. The key is available from the bungalow on the other side of the triangle of grass.
Correspondence should be sent to
Deanery Office in St Mary's, Church Hadleigh:
Treasurer: Mr Michael Moore
Administrators - Mr Claire Woods, Mrs Nicola Thorogood.
Situated in the former vestry off the Lady Chapel at St Mary's Church, Hadleigh
Open monday to friday 10am until noon.
Postal address: St Mary's Deanery Office,
St Mary's Church, Church Street, Hadleigh , Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 5DT