We’ve had several holidays in Suffolk, that delightful county in Eastern England where Richard Trim took up residence last year, when our children were younger and we still lived in Cambridgeshire. We went past this beautiful church several times and one day we stopped to have a good look at it. Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh is a Grade I listed parish church and has stood in Blythburgh for a thousand years. It is a magnificent building which can be seen rising out from the Blyth estuary – sometimes affectionately called ‘The Cathedral of the Marshes’. The Domesday Book shows Blythburgh as a royal burgh and having one of the richest churches in Suffolk. The Prior of an adjacent Augustinian house was granted the right to build a new church - the one we see today - in 1412. Blythburgh did not enjoy good fortune. The Dissolution of the Monasteries left the church without the support of a priory. The Civil War led to some of the “idolatrous” images being removed from the church, although it seems to have been spared gratuitous destruction. There followed 200 years of neglect and decay, culminating in closure for safety reasons for a short period in th 19th.century.. Only in 1881 was a restoration fund started and Blythburgh could begin its long road back to the magnificent structure we see today.
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