St. Mary’s Church East Bergholt Preservation Society

Famous for its bell cage and unfinished tower, St. Mary’s present building dates from about 1350.  Built of brick, flint and stone (probably from an earlier building), it houses a Font inscribed to the memory of Abram Constable (1783-1862) the artist’s younger brother. The church chest, possibly as old as any part of the church fabric, has triple locks added by Elizabethan injunction. A three leaved lily emblem of St. Mary’s adorns the north side brick-work. The five pointed star or mullet emblem of the De Veres, Earl of Oxford and Lords of the Manor of Old Hall decorates the north turret.

 The purpose of our society is to raise funds to help preserve this vital part of village heritage for the benefit of future generations. Since the inauguration on 17th June 1997, with the considerable support of many local residents, the Society has raised more than £200,000.  It has established the biannual East Bergholt Gardens Open Day, an event enjoyed by many which attracts visitors from far afield.

Currently, we have many problems with the church roof and desperately need to raise funds to assist with repairs. Help us to assist with the preservation of this unique structure and become a member of the Preservation Society.  Your support and donations, large or small will help to achieve this aim.


We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join us in securing the continual preservation of these historic buildings as a communal meeting place for the present and future generations. Membership is open to all and annual membership costs £10.00.

To become a member please download our Application form, and where applicable our Gift Aid Declaration.

What is Gift Aid? A simple way to increase the value of your gift to St Marys’ Church East Bergholt Preservation Society – at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK, we can reclaim the basic rate tax (20%) on your gift. So, if you donate £10, it is worth £12.50 to the society. 


Logo Church Preservation Society

Patron: Oliver Eley