The tour enters Dennington about 1pm and proceeds through Framlingham, Parham, Hacheston and Wickham Market.
Discover the tomb of Lord Bardolph, a knight who fought at Agincourt, who served both Henry V and Henry VI and was a knight of the Order of the Garter in St. Mary’s Church, Dennington. The Bardolph Tomb, shows Lord Bardolph, Sir William Phelip, and his wife, Joan, in finely carved alabaster effigies that have been painted and gilded in the south chapel of the church. Many other treasures can be found in the church including a 15th century font, finely carved medieval pews and a medieval pyx.
Did you know that Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII, was proclaimed Queen of England at Framlingham Castle? Now owned by English Heritage, you can visit the castle and discover its long and interesting history that includes royalty and rebellion.
Why not visit the Parham Airfield Museum and learn about the American 390th Bomb Group and the British Resistance Organisation in the two museums on the site. Located in the original wartime control tower, Framlingham Station 153, find out about how the 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from the airfield between 1943 and 1945. Or visit the Quonset (Nissen) Huts to discover the story of the British Resistance Organisation, a secret resistance network of highly trained individuals who were intended to be the last line of defence during World War Two.
Discover All Saints Church, Hacheston, a medieval parish church that was restored during the mid-19th century. The church was one of the last mentioned in William Dowsing’s journal dated 1 October 1644. The iconoclast lists several ‘offensive’ images that were to be removed from the church. Today you can see the severely defaced saints on the rood screen in the church, which was a victim of this period. In the church graveyard stands a Grade II listed mausoleum, dated 1809 and built to hold the body of Chaloner Arcedeckne, a wealthy Jamaican land owner and owner of Glevering Hall.
Walk around Wickham Market and discover the historic buildings of the village. A large number of building in Wickham market are timber framed though not all are obvious due to protective rendering and eighteenth and nineteenth centuries re-fronting. There are four Grade II* buildings in the village to discover: Wickham Mill, the White Hart Inn, the Manor House and All Saints Church.