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The reformers took over; the wealth of the parishes was appropriated to the Crown, and East Bergholt's tower would never be built.
There is a story, widely believed in Suffolk, but firmly debunked by the church guide I must add, that the reason the tower was not built was that the materials were diverted by Cardinal Wolsey for his College in Ipswich, and that his fall from grace meant that funding dried up.
Purgatory disappeared in a puff of logic, and several centuries of neglect set in.
, it came crashing down during divine service one Sunday morning in 1821, killing a cow.
Here is the wool wealth we have met nearby at , and all the way up the Stour valley.
Here are the devotional fruits of the industrial heartland of 15th century England.
Along with that of Thomas Gainsborough, who was born a few miles away, Constable's work is considered by many to sum up the spirit of Suffolk and its wide open skies.
Many of the people who live here commute to Ipswich, Colchester and Manningtree, which is surprisingly close; part of Bergholt runs into One of East Bergholt's hamlets is more famous than Bergholt itself; this is Flatford, after Sutton Hoo probably Suffolk's single biggest tourist attraction.
a West Bergholt; but it is away in Essex, on the other side of Colchester, and to most Suffolkers ours is simply Bergholt.
It is, in fact, one of Suffolk's biggest villages, but doesn't appear so, because of the way it is separated out into hamlets and settlements.
Today, the exterior is stunning, a festival of stone and flintwork, a testimony to the quality of the materials of half a millenium ago. And then, you wander up to the west end of the church - and the illusion of medieval wealth and permanence dissolves.
For here, you find the haunting ruin of a vast tower base.