Holy Trinity, Long Melford, Suffolk
Set deep in rural Suffolk close to where Constable painted many of his landscapes, Holy Trinity Church epitomises the manner in which local families, grown prosperous on wool trading, first developed and then maintained their local churches. The present building, completed in 1496, contains family chapels and chantries and the care lavished on the building by dynastic involvement is readily apparent. The visitor can discover several interesting features: in the north aisle a tiny section of glass depicting three hares each with two ears but with only three between them said to signify the Holy Trinity. Close by is a window showing a Duchess of Norfolk, said to be the image used for the Duchess in Alice in Wonderland. The Lady Chapel at the east end, a feature more usually associated with cathedrals, is highly praised for its construction.
Holy Trinity Church is open between 10am and 6pm.