Heritage Highlights: Two stately homes and a superb medieval church
The bulk of the church dates from the period 1467-1497, and the style is decidedly Perpendicular. Inside Holy Trinity is the Clopton chantry chapel, while the resplendent Lady Chapel, almost a church in itself, extends at the East end. Considerable stained glass remains from the late 15th century.
As for the village itself, it rose to prominence with the burgeoning wool trade in the late medieval period, and this rich legacy is remembered in the variety of timbered domestic buildings that still exist, though many buildings were given an exterior facelift in the Georgian and Regency periods, while the interiors show their Tudor or earlier structure.
The Hall was originally owned by the Abbot of St Edmunds, but passed to the Cordell family following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It has been the residence of the Hyde Parker family since 1768, though it is now owned by the National Trust. The Manor of Melford owned the whole village in Tudor times, and today owns the "Great Green" and the grass verges down the main street.
Long Melford's main street has many identities as it stretches through this elongated village; the street, at various points named Hall Street, Little St Mary's, and Rodbridge Hill, among other names, gives some clue as to why the village name has the prefix "Long"!
Long Melford Photo Gallery
Address: Long Melford,
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the B1064 (just off the A134) between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury
Website: Long Melford
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