St Mary's


Welcome to a church that embodies the true essence of rural community life.

Bridgham is an active village which draws community members together regularly at many different and varied events. Even the Vikings keep coming back, and once home to Nelson`s chaplain, read on to explore this vibrant community to which the church is central.

The name of the village was "Brugeham" in 1050, and "Briggeham" in 1280. It means "Ham (settlement) by a bridge".

It is likely to be a very ancient settlement, as the Peddar's Way forms the western boundary of the parish and the parish is crossed by the prehistoric drove road from Hockwold to the Thet.

The village but not the church is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086). However, there was undoubtedly a church here in Saxon days, for a priest lived here at the time of the Domesday Book, and a church is recorded in the Inquisitio Eliensis (a contemporary document).


Bridgham Organ ConsecrationPicture left: the new organ at Bridgham Church being consecrated by Rev'd Varlie Sheldrake on 5th September 2010. This followed a huge push to raise funds which included organist Doug porter completing two sponsored '100 Hymns from memory' sessions!

Even earlier the village was given to the monks of Ely by Aelfwaru, a wealthy Saxon widow, in her will. She died in 1007. There is no sign however of Saxon work in the present building, which is mainly 14th century 'decorated' work. The north porch is the first part of the building approached by visitors. It was built during the 15th century.


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Coming Up Next...

Wednesday Evening Reflections during Lent

An opportunity for prayer, worship, reflection, lively discussion and engagement with scripture as well as promising laughter and bon accord.

  • Wednesday 21st February: Who do I say I am ...?
  • Wednesday 28th February: Cancelled
  • Wednesday   7th March: Who do other people say I am ...? combined with Who does God say I am ... ?
  • Wednesday 14th March: Who does God say we are ... ?
  • Wednesday 21st March: Who do we say God is - and to whom ... ?

Please do come and join us for another series of engaging evenings in Lent.

Contact David for more details - 01953 717140

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Bridgham Church Coffee Morning (4 days to go)


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Morning & Evening Prayer

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The normal cycle for Morning & Evening Prayer in the Benefice is as follows: 

  Morning Prayer Evening Prayer
Tuesday East Harling  9:15am Bridgham    6:00pm
Wednesday Larling           9:15am East Harling 6:00pm
Thursday Rushford       9:15am Brettenham  5:30pm
Friday Bridgham      9:15am East Harling 5:30pm
Saturday West Harling 10:00am  




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