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St John the Baptist

Amidst rolling Malvern Hills countryside, our deep historic roots tell a fascinating story to visitors who may also enjoy the GeoPark Way, Worcestershire Way, Three Choirs Way, Elgar Trail and several nature reserves all within walking distance.

Suckley, Worcestershire

Opening times

The church is open every day from 10am until 5pm
In term time the school next door can be using the church Space on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


Church Road

William the Conqueror gave Suckley church to the Abbey he founded in Cormeilles, Normandy. This early church fell into disrepair and was replaced by the present one in 1879.

Many features of that early church have been preserved, such as:

  • The beautiful 12th century tub shaped font with domed 17th century cover
  • A rare Easter Sepulchre from the 13th or 14th century, dedicated to the Rector in 1666
  • The (listed monument) 14th century sandstone base to a preaching cross grooved with arrow sharpening scars
  • Typical 14th century Piscina with ball flower and sacrarium
  • An interesting 15th century churchwardens’ chest The 16th century pulpit from the earlier church, refashioned for this one
  • An 18th century Charities Board

The Victorian church was completed in 1879 and built to last. Nearly 150 years later, the lives of Suckley village folk are different, yet the church evolves to meet the new demands of the 21st century.

Our four fine Kempe windows have a signature Wheatsheaf (one with black Tower). In 1898 a bicycle accident gave us an Arts & Crafts hymn board and grave board. It was around this time that Edward Elgar lived nearby and learned to ride a bicycle here too!

The biggest change has been the new floor with attractive oak boards (their pattern reflecting the previously tiled processional route to the chancel) and underfloor heating. Suckley now has a useful large space for church and community use. The school over the road is glad of the space for assemblies and PE and parent/pupil gatherings, and the church becomes financially sustainable by sharing the space with its community.

The original 1879 organ was built by our local organ builder of international renown ‘Nicholson’s. They moved it to the south aisle, enabling organist and congregation to hear and see each other much better.

Especially in the time of a pandemic, this is vital in a gathering place for all; especially the socially isolated, the elderly, and the vulnerable in this scattered rural community.

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Wifi

  • Please look at our website which will be kept up to date with events.

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £1,000, 2007

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

  • Cornerstone Grant, £10,000, 2021

  • To install a new kitchen, toilet and mezzanine. The alterations will ensure that St John the Baptist is able to enhance its potential as a community space.

Contact information

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