infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Grundisburgh
latitude= 52.11241
longitude= 1.2462
population = > 1500
shire_district= Suffolk Coastal
region= East of England
shire_county = Suffolk
constituency_westminster= Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
post_town= Woodbridge
postcode_area= IP
postcode_district= IP13
dial_code= 01473
os_grid_reference= TM223509

Grundisburgh is an English village of more than 1500 residents situated in eastern Suffolk situated six miles from Ipswich. Flowing through the village are the rivers Lark and Fynn. The village has a primary school, Church of England church and Baptist Chapel.

Famous residents

Bartholomew Gosnold, the explorer and colonist who was considered to be instrumental in colonising Virginia and in naming Martha's Vineyard, was born in Grundisburgh.

Noted buildings

St Mary's Church is the largest place of worship in the village and is of the Church of England denomination. The earliest parts of St Mary's Church date from approximately 1300 but as a building it was extended in the 15th century with the addition of a clerestory. The second expansion of the church came in 1527 when local salter Thomas Wall built - or renovated - the Lady Chapel. The most iconic part of the church is the 18th century brick tower built between 1731 and 1732 at the bequest of Robert Thinge, who has a plaque in the tower. It can be claimed that are three towers of St Mary's Church, the current 18th Century Classical era tower, the original 14th century flint tower and the 19th Century plan to clad the brickwork in flint and top the tower with a spire. Within the church itself is a fine Suffolk hammerbeam roof and a rare mural of St Christopher dating from the 14th century, which is the largest of its type in the county.

Grundisburgh Primary School is a medium sized school with 131 pupils at the time of the last Ofsted inspection. It is located in a modern building which the school build in 1989 after spending 115 years at the Old School next to St Mary's Church. The Old School building has now been converted into affordable housing, which was opened by John Gummer MP in July 1994.

Grundisburgh Baptist Chapel was built in 1798 and is one of the earliest dissenting religious buildings in the area. It is situated on the edge of the village and has been widely refurbished over the last few years. This included replacing the historic wooden pews with folding seats.

Village newspaper

The Grundisburgh and District News is a newspaper which is published by volunteers every two months and provides news for Grundisburgh and the surrounding villages and hamlets.

External links

* [ Village website]
* [ Grundisburgh Parish Council]
* [ Grundisburgh News - local volunteer newspaper]
* [ Suffolk Churches]

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