Victorian church to hold open weekend

A rare opportunity has arisen to take in the architecture of a Victorian Newmarket church.

St Agnes Church in Bury Road is inviting the public to have a look at its impressive Grade II listed 19th century interior from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

English Heritage has described the church, which was built by infamous Newmarket racehorse owner, the Duchess of Montrose, as “an exceptional example of a high Victorian Church.”

And in D P Mortlock’s Guide to Suffolk Churches, it is said to have the “richest and most opulent 19th century interior in Suffolk.”

St Agnes was built in the 1880s by the Dutchess of Montrose. It features mosaics designed by Salviati, whose work also includes St Paul’s Cathedral and the Albert Memorial in London.

The church will be decorated as if for a country wedding with flowers provided by 12 teams of local parishioners over the weekend. Tea will be provided with an entrance fee of £5 and guests can enjoy music played by organist Mark Rodman.

Treasurer Barry Lacey of St Albans, in Fordham Road, said “It’s a chance to see this very beautiful church. I don’t think many people know of its heritage.”