Eye, Newborough and Thorney parish churches

History of St Matthew's

Drawing of St Matthew's Church, Eye, with its spireThe current church of St Matthew's at Eye opened for worship on Thursday 8 April 1847. It was designed by George Basevi, an architect from London, and took 11 months to build.

Ten years later a 125ft high spire, with a clock and two bells, was added. The spire was eventually demolished in the early 1980s for safety reasons.

Before the current church was built, there had been a chapel or church at Eye since Saxon times.

You will find lots more fascinating information about the history of the church in Eye on this website:


The drawing of St Matthew's Church with its spire is taken from the cover of "Eye Life", written by Philip J. Randall and first published in March 1972.