Hitcham Parish Church

All Saints Church, Hitcham is a community of Christians in The Church of England (Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) who seek to love and serve one another and all in the parish of Hitcham.

We are blessed with a wonderful medieval building, right on the edge of the village (on the way to Bildeston) which is beautiful, light, and hard to maintain!  It is open in daylight hours most days of the year, and you would be very welcome to join us for worship at 11am every Sunday.

The largely C14th All Saints Church is a grade one listed building. Knocked about a bit by the reforming Protestants but spared the excesses of Victorian ‘modernisation’, it has stood as a monument to mans’ skill and devotion to Christianity for more than 700 years.

Visitors’ initial impression is of the church’s size and simplicity. On closer inspection it not only contains important architectural features but also has an interesting history in that a past rector, Professor John Stevens Henlsow and its school children have played key roles in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

To find out more about the architecture of Hitcham Church click here

And for information on John Stevens Henslow click here

 

Some useful links

Hitcham All Saints

Rattlesden Benefice website

About Hitcham All Saints (on BritainExpress.com)

About Hitcham All Saints (Simon’s Suffolk Churches)

The Friends of All Saints Hitcham Church

The Friends of All Saints Hitcham Church (FHC) was established in 1998 to support the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in fundraising to preserve and protect the church both as a place of Christian worship and as the architectural centre piece of the village. It uses as its logo one of the rare quatrefoil clerestory windows in the church.

Together they have successfully carried out over £225k of repairs and improvements to the building and are now embarking on the final phase of work, The Tower Project alongside on-going maintenance. The Tower Project will incorporate the repair and restoration of the bells with the creation of a room at the base of the tower to provide a disabled access toilet and kitchenette. The bells will be rehung on a new frame along with a new ringing floor which also acts as a ceiling for the room and a platform on which to raise the organ to give full wheel chair access. This will give the church the facilities to make it sustainable by holding public fundraising events such as concerts and exhibitions ensuring it is used by the whole community.

To join the Friends of Hitcham Church, make a donation or enquire about leaving a legacy please contact Nicola Currie rnfcurrie@hotmail.co.uk or The Rector at The Rectory, Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds IP30 0RA tel 01449 737197.

About the Church

ALL SAINTS CHURCH consists of a large west tower, clerestoried nave, long chancel, two aisles, south porch and north double-storeyed vestry. This article gives more information about its history and architecture

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Professor John Stevens Henslow

In 1837 John Henslow – Regius Professor of Botany at Cambridge – came to Hitcham, a village described at the time as being “a populous, remote and woefully neglected parish, where the inhabitants, with regard to food and clothing and the means of observing the decencies of life, were far below the average scale of the peasant class in England.” As Rector he set about improving the life of his parishioners.

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