Our History

All Saints Church, Little Cornard

About the Church

All Saints Church is a Grade I listed building. Fairly remote from the main population, it is set high on a hill in a secluded churchyard that is accessed through a farmyard. This makes it a very tranquil place, somewhere you can come and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The wildlife and flora is something we make sure to preserve and really treasure at All Saints, see our involvement with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust here.

All Saints is part of a three-church Benefice, joined with St Marys, Bures and St Edmund, Assington. It is a pleasant and simple church of Saxon origin with beautifully decorated stained glass windows. We have a regular organist, Stuart Mathieson, a brilliant musician holding a BA Hons in music who plays All Saints’ 1930’s organ. To discover more about Stuart, you can visit his website here.

At present there are ongoing investigations into the viability of restoring and preserving the five bells hanging in the tower. Two of these are of national importance as they were cast in 1399 and 1597. The other three cast around the 1700’s.

The churchyard is the original, well maintained by the Church and still used for burials today. Adjacent behind a hedge is a large piece of land, which provides an ample car park and a public footpath that goes through the churchyard. Situated in the churchyard close to the Church is the ‘Schoolroom’. Originally a Victorian Sunday School but destroyed by a falling tree in the 1980’s, it has consequently been rebuilt. It now has a modern kitchen and fully refurbished toilet facilities catering for the disabled.

Today, we are very conscious of making the Church available, comfortable and accessible to everyone. The church has a first class sound system, central heating, ramps if required and large print service sheets and hymn books. Everyone is very warmly welcomed and the church can always be opened for viewing by one of the Churchwardens. Contact information can be found in the church porch or from our Contact Us page.

Did you know?

  • All Saints Church has very strong associations with the artistic works of Gainsborough and Constable.
  • Furthermore, the music to ‘Hills of the North, rejoice’ was written in Little Cornard by Martin Shaw, an associate of Vaughn Williams.
  • Sitting on the Essex border, All Saints Church is supposedly the very first place in Suffolk to report the Black Death and at least 60 people died: 21 families local to Little Cornard tragically lost all their adults. Here also, the Danes and the Saxons fought a brutal, bloody battle.
  • In the graveyard you will find the very clear and explicit joint gravestone of the two soldiers the parish lost in the First World War. Other gravestones of interest include the names of the 16 children of the Knight Family. You can also find more unusual gravestones with metal angels. See our Church Gallery for our most updated records.