Church Building
History and Architecture

From the time of the Domesday book in 1086 a church has stood on this tranquil site. It is approached by an avenue of lime trees, twelve on either side which reputedly represent the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament or the apostles in the New Testament.
Lime Trees, St.George's Shimpling

Restoration in the 1860s has left its mark on a mainly 14th Century church with a 13c doorway
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The church boasts a fine collection of stained glass. This includes the pieces of medieval glass and Henry Holliday's (1839-1927) colourful work of art depicting the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

The east window is in memory of Thomas Hallifax of Chadacre Hall d. 1850. Miss Helen Hallifax had a memorial window erected in 1863 to her sister Maria and in 1871 presented an organ to the church. There is also a memorial window to Miss Helen Halifax d. 1878. Hallifax Tomb, Shimpling Church


Thomas Hallifax, a London banker, and his family were great benefactors of Shimpling and the surrounding area. Over time they built houses, the school, the schoolhouse, the coal house and made extensive renovations to the church.
An impressive mausoleum of the Hallifax family stands close to the church.





Taken from Shimpling Parish Council - Village History". http://shimpling.onesuffolk.net/our-village/history/



Repair work
Significant repair work was carried out on the tower in 2012 in line with the latest quinquennial report. As well as work on the tower parapet and the south belfry light, the north nave buttress was repaired and new belfry louvres installed.