St Edmund King & Martyr Church


  • Bartholomew Green, Southwold, IP18 6JA,

  • Revd Simon Pitcher 01502 725424 or 01502 724 115


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Called the grandest church in Suffolk, St Edmund's was built in the 15th century, and is Grade 1 listed.

Children are welcome to ring the bell held by the medieval figure of Jack-Smite-the-Clock. A famous local figure, Southwold Jack represents a soldier from the Wars of the Roses. He is dressed in armour and holds a sword in one hand and a battle axe in the other. This axe can be raised to ring the bell, telling the congregation that the service is about to begin.
Jack has been in the church since the 15th century and it's thought his original function was to strike the hours on the clock. He is a familiar sight for many people as he has been ‘borrowed' by Adnams Brewery as their trademark.

Inspect the damage wrought by the Suffolk born iconoclast William 'Basher' Dowsing during the Civil War; he scrubbed the faces from all the finely painted apostles and saints on the rood screen.

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