John Constable, our East Anglian artist, born over 200 years ago, wrote ‘We see nothing until we truly understand it.' Let us look at Hacheston church with new eyes - gaining a better understanding, perhaps, of what it can tell us.
There is a surprising amount of written evidence relating to Hacheston church and parish - principally from the last three hundred years - but we can guess fairly accurately at much of its history by looking at the actual building of the church for clues. The story of our church cannot be isolated from that of our village. Probably the people of Hacheston helped to build the church and have maintained it with responsible and loving care through the centuries amid many troubled and difficult times. Many of them are now buried in the churchyard having, perhaps, been baptized and married in the same church we see today.
This brief guide to Hacheston church cannot hope to give more than a general outline of its history and architectural features, but it is hoped that it will arouse the interest and enthusiasm of those who read it.