St. Mary's Church, Shotley is delightfully positioned on the high ground overlooking the low lying fresh water meadows of Shotley Marshes. It is located at the end of an unclassified road north of the B1456 between Chelmondiston and Shotley, strangely removed from the main population hotspots of Shotley Street and Shotley Gate.
Outside the church, the large churchyard descends steeply towards the Orwell estuary, and there are simply hundreds of military graves, mainly Royal Navy, but also some for Dutch sailors who were killed near here. It is the last resting place to many generations of seaman, including from HMS Gypsy, which struck a mine in the Orwell and sank.
There are two entries for Shotley (Scoteleia) and an adjacent settlement of Kirkton (Cherchetuna) listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.