It is the colour of sedges in the nearby estuary, or the straight path leading to its gate, marked by sentinels of Scots Pine. In soft September daylight ‘All Saints’ evokes the warm, genteel atmosphere of a Suffolk country church, treasured by visitors and parishioners alike.
Close-up the exterior bears witness to a harsher aspect, designed less to look heavenward than outward to the river below. A watch-tower to warn villagers of raiders – in turn Germanic, Scandinavian, and Norman. For this is Ramsholt – the very place-name conjures images of Saxon tribes blowing ram’s horns as they came to settle here, and up river at Sutton Hoo.
Step inside and the simplicity of white-washed walls and minimalist church decor accords with the light but tangible atmosphere of worship through the centuries, as though all the saints have gathered here:
British Listed Building: All Saints Church, Ramsholt