The remains of St Peter, Worlingham, near Beccles. They were photographed by Bill Goode during the construction of the Beccles bypass in 1980.

St Peter, Worlingham Parva

The lost village of Worlingham Parva, only 117 acres, had an early church – and the foundations were found during the building of the Beccles bypass in 1980.

The first signs were bones unearthed while digging for a gas main. Mr Goode witnessed the subsequent exposure of the foundation walls and saw signs of a narrow apsidal church with a round western tower. After the excavation, the site was covered and the road passes over the site of the former church. 

A fuller report can be seen in Bill Goode’s book, Round Tower Churches of South-east England, published in 1994.

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