You’ll find this Church along IP6 0PT
Services are held here Every Sunday at 10am – see Services and Events for more info.
Family Services every third Sunday of the month.
Home of Henry Moore’s Madonna and Child.
A General History of the Church
St. Mary and St Peter is the Parish Church of Claydon and Barham, about 5 miles outside Ipswich in the county of Suffolk. There has been a Church on this site for at least 900 years and, before the Church was built, man was already using this area. In the Domesday Book (1086) the Church at Barham is recorded ….” A Church and sixteen acres”.
Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of Saxon and Roman settlements in and around the Churchyard showing that the site has been in use for very nearly two thousand years. A short distance to the north of the Church an iron age kiln has been excavated. This has been dated as 800 B.C. so our ancestors have been in the area for many years. There is very little recorded history for our Church and it is therefore difficult to give exact dates for each event. The main recorded events for the Church of St Mary and St Peter are as follows.
We know that the site was in use in 800 B.C. from the kiln and, although there is no documentary evidence, it seems probable that occupation continued to the Saxon period.
On the tower there is some long and short work which, if genuine, will date back to the Saxon Church. It is recorded that some other long and short was covered by the 1865 restoration. This stonework, together with the Domesday Book entry, gives us a definite start to the beginning of the existence of a Church.
The Rectors’ list dates from 3rd February 1227 and shows a continuation of incumbents from that date to the present. Forty three of them in all.
In the Doomesday Book, and again on the rector’s list for 1227, the patron of the living for St Mary’s is recorded as the Prior and Convent of Ely and it remained so until the dissolution in 1536, when it passed to the Southwell family.
The four bells in the tower are dated 1587, 1639, 1683, and 1702.
RECTORS/PRIESTS-IN-CHARGE OF ST MARY’S BARHAM
then ST MARY’S AND ST PETER’S CLAYDON AND BARHAM
Alanus from 3rd Feb 1227 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Galfridus de Fressingfield from 9th June 1307 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Thomas de Brunne from 2nd Jan 1322 on presentation of Prior & Convent of ElyJohannes de Wodehall from 30th Sept 1367 No presentation given
Johannes de Skernyng from 8th Aug 1384 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Henricus Hammond from 27th July 1392 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Johannes Cachroo from 26th July 1394 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Johannes Everard from 16th Mar 1416 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
William Fuller from 5th June 1437 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Thomas Dust from 14th Jan 1454 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
William Benne from 8th Nov 1456 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Johannes Downham from 6th June 1480 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Richard Sokburn from 23rd July 1494 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Henry Norton from Dec 1495 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Johannes Lokton from 12th Apr 1497 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Thomas Purdy from 12th Dec 1504 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Christopher Lambehed from 1st Aug 1536 on presentation of Prior & Convent of Ely
Michael Forster from 31st July 1546 on presentation of Joh. Southwell
William Akers no dates or presentation details known
Johannes Wagyer from 9th Apr 1554 on presentation of Joh. Southwell
Thomas Rydings from 29th Apr 1567 on presentation of Joh. Southwell
Johannes Franklin from 1st Feb 1570 on presentation of Joh. Southwell
Mart Lawrey from 14th May 1591 on presentation of Assignees of Joh Southwell
Mart Lawreye from 15th Nov 1591 on presentation of Queen by lapse
Edmund Randall from 5th Dec 1593 on presentation of Joh Southwell
Jeremy Catalyne from 19th Feb 1627 on presentation of Assignees of Robert Southwell
Joh. Hovell alias Smith from 27th Aug 1667 on presentation of Joh. Hovell alias Smith
Lionellus Gosnold from 12th July 1692 on presentation of Lionelli Talmash
Franc. Harvey from 21st Apr 1703 on presentation of Jac. Harvey
Thomas Bolton from 12th July 1732 on presentation of Nicholas Bacon
John Bacon from 2nd May 1739 on presentation of Nicholas Bacon
Nicholas Bacon from 6th Apr 1759 on presentation of Nicholas Bacon
William Kirby from 9th May 1797 on presentation of Himself
John E.L. Schreiber from 17th Sept 1850 on presentation of William F. Schreiber
Henry J. Desborough from 6th July 1876 on presentation of Lucy Schreiber
Edmund Ledger from 13th June 1877 on presentation of Oldman Carter
Henry Carter from 9th Dec 1897 on presentation of Oldman Carter
Edmund E. Eddowes from 17th July 1909 on presentation of Henry Carter
ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR CLAYDON
Laurence B.C. Newell from 1st May 1931 on presentation of G. R. Drury
Douglas K. Woolner from 20th Aug 1956 on presentation of Executors of late H Carter
Brian A Toll from 14th Jan 1972 on presentation of G. K. Drury
Roger C Davies from 6th Jan 1987 on presentation of Mrs Rusinow
Thomas Broadbent & Susan Evans (NSM from 2000) from 4th Jan 1992 when the Living was suspended.
Priest-in-Charge – Peter Thorn from 28th May 2009 Self Supporting Minister – Jenny Ablett from 6th Oct 2001
Current – Carl Melville from 9th October 2016