Ixworth Thorpe

Our Church


This tiny church stands on the edge of the hamlet of Ixworth Thorpe, a little back from the Ixworth to Thetford road.   It has rendered walls and a thatched roof, wth a brick and weatherboard bellcote and a surprisingly impressive 15th-century brick porch.  

The church dates back to Norman times; its white-washed interior is simple but  remarkable for its glorious 15th-century carved bench ends, which include a mermaid, a harvester and various real and mythical animals, and are similar to those at Honington.

Evensong (according to the Book of Common Prayer) is held here on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Those who would like to visit the church should contact us to arrange a visit.

Our Parish


Ixworth with Ixworth Thorpe, the largest of the parishes, lies at the southernmost end of the Blackbourne Team area, with a population of just over 2365 (2011). Over the last 40 years the village has grown considerably; new estates have been built and more are planned.It might seem to be a 'dormitory' for nearby Bury St Edmunds, but at its heart is a thriving Church community. We hope that increasing numbers of newcomers will join us. 

Our village is served by a good range of shops, together with public houses, restaurants and food outlets in the busy mediaeval High Street. There are two schools, care homes, fire and police stations and a well respected doctors' surgery and pharmacy, together with the branch library in the well-used village hall. Currently there are over twenty different voluntary organizations providing activities as varied as playgroup, Over 60s Club, outdoor bowls and carpet bowls, angling, Royal British Legion, army cadets and many more. The monthly Newsletter keeps us all in touch, and the Church is a regular contributor.  The parish also has a website and Facebook page.  

Today Ixworth is a busy, thriving and exciting place with its mixture of old and new, and forms a vibrant and caring community with something for everyone.




The parish also includes the nearby hamlet of Ixworth Thorpe, with its tiny self-contained population. Services are regularly held in the thatched church, dating back to Norman times, which is loved and well cared for. 



​​Call us:

Rev Dr Karen Burton



Write to us: 

The Vicarage, Commister Lane

Ixworth  IP31 2HE