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 Tivetshall Saint Mary Church Ruin
Tivetshall Saint Mary Church Ruin

Tivetshall Saint Mary Church, near Long Stratton, square west tower, 4 bells, nave, chancel and south porch. The walls are mainly 13th century with some later insertions in the form of windows. There is  ancient stained glass in some of the windows, the chancel retains an ancient piscina. Tivetshall Saint Mary Church, west tower, south porch, nave and chancel. The 14th century plain tower has recently fallen into the nave and the church was not in use at my visit. It is extraordinarily plain building and the only things of interest are a plain Stuart table and the Arms of George IV. These were written by both Messent and than Cautley, since then the church is completely derelic, and all that stands are walls and an east window. The site has been made safe and according to the visitors book on the porch wall, lots of people still visit this site. The village of Tivetshall is hard to find without a good map. It is located 4 miles north-east of Diss, and just over 1 mile off the Al40 Ipswich-Norwich road. The village has possessed two churches since Domesday. Saint Margaret's has been used as the sole parish church only since 1947, and stands 1 mile north of Saint Mary's, with most of the village half-way between the two. The roofless ruin of Saint Mary's is rather isolated, 400m from the nearest houses, and next to the small road to Gissing. The site has provoked a number of ghost stories: the strange figure of an old man with a black dog is believed to haunt the churchyard. Tivetshall or Tevetshala, meaning Lapwings nook. Old English tewhit (lapwing) + halh (nook, corner of land)

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