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Middleton, All Saints Church

The tiny village of Middleton is tucked away down a circular lane on the outskirts of Sudbury. The Chancel and Nave of All Saints Church at Middleton were built in around the middle of the 12th century. The door is the original Norman door and it is surrounded by a distinctive Norman zig-zag pattern.

The interior of the church features beautiful stained glass windows, a 16th century painting of the annunciation thought to be Schiavone and particularly fine gilded reredos (an altarpiece, screen or decoration) depicting The Last Supper which you need to step up close to the altar to fully appreciate. All Saints at Middleton underwent extensive restoration work in 1853, so most of the interior furnishings date from this period.

There is a sign from the road indicating the lane for the church which looks like a private driveway. There are parking spaces for 3-4 cars a few yards along here, park with care and proceed along the driveway, past the pond, on foot.

The door can be a little awkward to open and take care as you enter as there is a steep step down into the church.

  • All Saints Church, Middleton is tucked away down what looks like a private driveway

    All Saints Church, Middleton is tucked away down what looks like a private driveway

  • The original Norman door is surrounded by a distinctive Norman zig-zag pattern

    The original Norman door is surrounded by a distinctive Norman zig-zag pattern

  • The interior of Middleton Church

    The interior of Middleton Church

  • The interior of Middleton Church

    The interior of Middleton Church

  • Detail of the Norman door at Middleton Church

    Detail of the Norman door at Middleton Church

  • The interior of Middleton Church

    The interior of Middleton Church

  • Carved slab at Middleton Church dedicated to 'Sire James Samson' Rector of the Parish who died in 1349

    Carved slab at Middleton Church dedicated to 'Sire James Samson' Rector of the Parish who died in 1349

All Saints Church, Middleton
The original Norman door is surrounded by a distinctive Norman zig-zag pattern
The interior of Middleton Church
The interior of Middleton Church
Detail of the Norman door at Middleton Church
The interior of Middleton Church
Carved slab at Middleton Church dedicated to 'Sire James Samson' Rector of the Parish

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Belchamp Brook

Belchamp Brook The route includes foot paths and bridleways along field-edges and across cultivated land which may be muddy. There are stiles on grazing land. Please take care along farm tracks and minor roads where you may encounter light traffic.

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