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I've not visited many St Mary's Churches in the counties of Suffolk and Essex so I've put them all together on one page. Some of them were among the first St Mary's I visited away from my own wonderful St Mary's in Plumtree (that's why they've got low numbers). Others are among my more recent visits (they're the ones with high numbers). Click on a picture to read a bit more about the church (and maybe see more pictures of me!). Can you spot the picture I'm not in? Click on it to read why.

Barton Mills, Suffolk (296)


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (2)


Edwardstone, Suffolk (4)


Hawkedon, Suffolk (5)


Newmarket, Suffolk (297)


Poslingford, Suffolk (6)


Tollesbury, Essex (3)




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296. Barton Mills, Suffolk

Can you see what's missing from my main picture? It really, really started raining here so I threw a huge strop and refused to have my photo taken outside – I would have got my splendid fur all wet, which IS NOT A GOOD THING. As it was, I got "slightly damp" and had to sit on a radiator for a while.

We managed to get inside for Uncle Les to take some photos. It was very dark because of the rain and the fact the lights weren't on, but he still managed to get a good one of me on the font. You can even see the wall painting behind me that was done by Mr Giblet Scott - I've seen some of his other stuff on my travels. [The mural of Christ the Good Shepherd above the chancel arch is by Sir George Gilbert Scott. He also restored St Mary's, Temple Balsall, Big Ted.]

2. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

St Mary's is the Civic Church of Bury St Edmunds. It's next to the Cathedral and it's really, really big.

This was a very uncomfortable photo - I was balanced on a spiked fence and it was raining. I had also just learned a lot of rude words about one-way systems (whatever they are).

Go to their website.

4. Edwardstone, Suffolk

I really like this church. It's hard to find 'cos it's in the middle of nowhere and you get to it along a farm access road. But it's quite special when you get there. There was also a friendly dog who came to say "Hello".

Edwardstone church was decorated in about 1880 by Mr Bodley. Does that name sound familiar? Yes, he decorated Plumtree church together with his friend Mr Garner.

The organ case in Edwardstone church looks just like our organ case in Plumtree. What do you think?

There was also this lovely rocking horse. I had great fun riding it but I had to hold on really tight.

It's known as The Edwardstone Horse and was made 'specially for the church. The horse has a special secret - a hidden compartment which holds a time capsule containing drawings by the village children.

5. Hawkedon, Suffolk

The church is in the middle of the village green in Hawkedon and has a wall all around the churchyard.

I didn't see a sign outside to lean against for a photo, so I went inside and had my photo taken sitting on the font instead. Luckily it had a cover so I couldn't fall in (that would have been funny!).

297. Newmarket, Suffolk

It had stopped raining by the time we reached this St Mary’s, but it wasn’t open. Pshaw!

6. Poslingford, Suffolk

This is another of my "levitating" bear photos (it's quite a skill you know) as there was no handy wall or fence for me to sit on.

3. Tollesbury, Essex

This church is on the High Street in Tollesbury, Essex. I sat on the wall to have my photo taken and then I went inside to look around.

Inside I met two very big teddy bears and was rather scared at first. But they were very friendly and I told them all about Plumtree and they told me about Tollesbury. They didn't have a smart T-shirt like mine though.


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