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Borley Church

Borley Church stands overlooking Long Melford and Sudbury. Only parts of the nave of the 11th century Norman flint and rubble church remain, the chancel and north wall of the nave are 15th century as is the tower.

The most dominant feature of the church interior is the 14foot high tomb-chest Sir Edward Waldegrave and his wife Frances. The church and manor of Borley passed to Edward at the dissolution of the monastries in 1546 and was the first time it had been owned by a local family. Edward was knighted at the coronation of Queen Mary in 1553.

The Waldegrave family remained Roman Catholic throughout the reformation and consequently Sir Edward died in the Tower of London in 1561. It was some time before his body was returned to Borley where the tomb was built. Lady Frances enjoyed the Borley estate until she died aged eighty in 1599. The Waldegraves continued to practice Catholicism throughout the Stuart period and only joined the Church of England in the 18th century. The family lived in Borley until near the end of the 19th century.

  • Borley Church (dedication unknown) from the road

    Borley Church (dedication unknown) from the road

  • Borley Church as you approach it along the churchyard path

    Borley Church as you approach it along the churchyard path

  • The tower and red brick Tudor porch at Borley Church

    The tower and red brick Tudor porch at Borley Church

  • Looking across the churchyard at Borley

    Looking across the churchyard at Borley

  • Borley Church (dedication unknown)

    Borley Church (dedication unknown)

  • Detail in the stonework of the tower at Borley Church

    Detail in the stonework of the tower at Borley Church

  • Carving detail in a side door at Borley Church

    Carving detail in a side door at Borley Church

  • The interior of Borley Church

    The interior of Borley Church

  • The font in Borley Church

    The font in Borley Church

  • Carved detail at Borley Church

    Carved detail at Borley Church

  • A monument to the Waldegrave family in the chancel at Borley Church

    A monument to the Waldegrave family in the chancel at Borley Church

  • The elaborate tomb-chest of Edward Waldegrave and his wife Frances

    The elaborate tomb-chest of Edward Waldegrave and his wife Frances

  • The tomb of the Waldegraves' features effigies of their five children around the base

    The tomb of the Waldegraves' features effigies of their five children around the base

Borley Church (dedication unknown) from the road
Borley Church as you approach it along the churchyard path
The tower and red brick Tudor porch at Borley Church
Looking across the churchyard at Borley
Borley Church (dedication unknown)
Detail in the stonework of the tower at Borley Church
Carving detail in a side door at Borley Church
The interior of Borley Church
The font in Borley Church
Carved detail at Borley Church
A monument to the Waldegrave family in the chancel at Borley Church
The elaborate tomb-chest of Edward Waldegrave and his wife Frances
The tomb of the Waldegraves' features effigies of their five children around the base

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