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Great Henny, St Mary's Church

The tower of St Mary's Gt Henny is the oldest part of the church, built in two sections between 1066 and 1199. The tilted spire sits 233.2 feet above sea level, and due to its height it is often windy! This church features in the Gainsborough painting titled 'Cornard Wood' although the spire of the church looks different now.

Most of the church was rebuilt in the 14th century.

It is believed that the hymn 'My song is love unknown' by Samuel Crossman may have been written here as he was Rector at St Mary's around the time it was written.

Great Henny Church had to have extensive restoration work to the spire in ____ due to damage caused by woodpeckers. In one corner of the church yard you might notice a strange conical structure which acts as a decoy to try to lure the woodpeckers away from the real tower!

One or two cars may park by the gates to the church yard, but take care not to block the lane as it is also the access to some houses.

  • The distinctive twisted spire of the church at Great Henny

    The distinctive twisted spire of the church at Great Henny

  • Great Henny Church tower is 233.3 ft above sea level and visible for miles around

    Great Henny Church tower is 233.3 ft above sea level and visible for miles around

  • Walkers often rest at Great Henny church as it is located along St Edmunds Way - a popular walk

    Walkers often rest at Great Henny church as it is located along St Edmunds Way - a popular walk

  • Great Henny Church

    Great Henny Church

  • There is room to park a couple of cars by the entrance to the church yard

    There is room to park a couple of cars by the entrance to the church yard

  • Inside Great Henny Church

    Inside Great Henny Church

  • Sunlight in the evening at Great Henny churchyard

    Sunlight in the evening at Great Henny churchyard

  • Inside Great Henny Church

    Inside Great Henny Church

  • Watch out for the two demons at Great Henny Church!

    Watch out for the two demons at Great Henny Church!

  • The decoy tower to distract the woodpeckers who caused so much damage

    The decoy tower to distract the woodpeckers who caused so much damage

The distinctive twisted spire of the church at Great Henny
Great Henny Church tower is 233.3 ft above sea level and visible for miles around
Walkers often rest at Great Henny church as it is located along St Edmunds Way - a popular walk
Great Henny Church
The entrance to the churchyard at Great Henny
Inside Great Henny Church
Sunlight in the evening at Great Henny churchyard
Inside Great Henny Church
Watch out for the two demons at Great Henny Church!
The decoy tower to distract the woodpeckers

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