Bramfield Church, Suffolk

Although detached towers are common in Norfolk, Bramfield is the only Suffolk church to possess one. In many cases it would appear that the towers were built as additions to earlier churches, but at Bramfield it is the other way around. The tower is 12th Century and the rest of the church is 14th Century. It may well be that the 14th Century work replaces an earlier church building.

The detached tower is circular and perfectly proportioned and the church is gloriously thatched, giving it a real rustic flavour. Also adding to this country-traditional feel are the various Green Men carved into the interior woodwork.

All in all Bramfield Church is a most satisfying little structure in a county where the best known churches are somewhat grander.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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