The remains of St Peter, Worlingham, near Beccles. This colour photograph was taken by Adrian S Pye 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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