Home   News   Article

Sutterton church explores its ties with Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury




Peter Cropley and David Mossman in the north transept, where the roof leaks like a sieve. SG160218-101TW
Peter Cropley and David Mossman in the north transept, where the roof leaks like a sieve. SG160218-101TW

Links between Sutterton church and Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury – Thomas Cranmer – are being uncovered by research linked to a massive restoration.

Some £182,200 of Heritage Lottery Fund cash is being poured into a near £240,000 project to save the “at risk”, grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church.

Cranmer became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533 and it was he who declared Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon void and married the king to Ann Boleyn.

He remained archbishop during the reign of Henry’s son, Edward VI, but in 1556 Henry’s daughter – Mary I – had Cranmer burnt at the stake in Oxford for treason.

Retired solicitor Peter Cropley and churchwarden David Mossman, a former chairman of Spalding Civic Society, will soon head to Oxford because The Bodleian Library has a series of documents on St Mary’s in Tudor times, offering a tantalising prospect of a big discovery.

Generations of Peter’s family have lived in Sutterton since 1700s, and he’s long known of the links to the Cranmer family.

He said: “We are hoping we find something new in The Bodleian ... we might even find records of a visit (by Cranmer).”

Peter says the first recorded spelling of Cranmer was in 1273 in Sutterton, and it refers to Hugh de Cranmer, who had a manor in the south of the village and lived in Cranmer Hall.

Peter and David would dearly love to locate the site of Cranmer Hall but much of their focus is on the man who became archbishop.

While Thomas Cranmer was born at Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, he maintained ties with Sutterton and Lincolnshire, and it’s likely Cranmer had knowledge of a restoration at St Mary’s when the church was substantially altered.

The history of St Mary’s will be displayed in the church and the story resulting from hours of painstaking research will be published in a book.

Previously ...

Near £240,000 project to rescue Sutterton’s “at risk” St Mary’s Church

From our website ...

FEATURE: Revealing the secrets of Whaplode’s historic church

Ministers mark 371st anniversary of Spalding Baptist Church



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More