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The Church of St Michael

Church Street, FRAMLINGHAM, IP13 9BJ

Known affectionately as St Mike's, the Church of St Michael the Archangel is not far from the town centre, almost at the foot of the castle. You can see fabulous tombs and the 500-year-old nave roof, which is a masterpiece of carpentry. The hammerbeams are concealed behind timber vaulting. A masterpiece of a different kind is the ornate organ, built in 1674 by Thomas Thamar and still in use. Its case may be older, and is a rare survivor of the destruction of such organs ordered by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. This Perpendicular-style church was built by the third Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Howard, in 1550 as a family mausoleum, and it incorporates some remains of an earlier church. Look out for the capitals of the chancel arch which date from the 12th century. The church holds the tombs of the Howard family from before the Reformation. Some of the remains had to be moved to the church from Thetford Priory when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. They were joined by later family tombs of increasingly extravagant design, such as the gilded tomb of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, who was beheaded, aged 30, in 1547.

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