Suffolk Village of the Year 2023

St Peter’s Church

St Peter's Church Aerial View
Reproduced by kind permission of John Fielding

Please see also the Benefice website:

The mediaeval church of St. Peter stands on a slight rise at the end of a lane in which the village hall (with car park for all) and Cockfield Primary School are also to be found.

It is a large church and, with its 72ft tower, stands proudly at what is just about the geographical centre of this scattered village.  The church was a major construction of the 14th century, a lengthy, single campaign and then embellished with all that the 15th century had to offer.  There is a guidebook in the Church which gives a detailed history of the building and all its glory!  There is also more information on the benefice website.

The church is open every day during daylight hours and visitors are most welcome.

Benefice Services

The full schedule of services is available on the Benefice website (opens in a new tab):    Cockfield Benefice Services

Church Magazine

To view or download the magazine for Cockfield Benefice, ‘Reaching Out’, please follow the link below:

  Reaching Our Magazine June 2024

Life Events

St Peter’s Cockfield is one of 9 parishes which make up the Cockfield Benefice.  They are Bradfield St Clare, Bradfield St George with Lt Whelnetham, Cockfield, Felsham with Gedding, Great Whelnetham and Stanningfield.  If you live in one of these 9 parishes, or have a qualifying connection, you can get married in one of the churches as listed above, or have your baby christened at one of the churches.

For more information on the qualifying connections see the Church of England website at

If you would like more information on booking a wedding or a baptism, please contact the Rector in any of the following ways:

Telephone: 01284 828599 or 07825 086063
email: Reverend Canon Sharon Potter
or call at the Rectory, Howe Lane, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 0HA.

Church Contacts

For enquiries on any other matters relating to St Peter’s Church, please contact the Churchwardens,  email:




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