Church of St John the Baptist, Avon Dassett, Warwickshire

Address: Avon Dassett, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2AH
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A masterpiece of the Gothic Revival

This Victorian church, with is soaring spire is a masterpiece built in 14th-century Gothic style, is set amongst trees in the Avon Dassett hills – a lovely place for a walk.

Charles Buckeridge built it in golden Hornton sandstone in 1869 to replace a Medieval church, whose east window he reset in the west wall of the tower.

The high-ceilinged interior is inspiring and the style throughout is largely 14th-century. The chancel remains a good example of a properly furnished sanctuary of the period, with oak altar and choirstalls, three stone seldilia and a grey Purbeck marble reredos with a cross at the centre.

A recess in the north wall of the chancel contains the fine tomb of a deacon, thought to be Hugo who died in c. 1240.

In 2009, as part of our 40th birthday celebration we released a special recording of the 110 year old bells from St. John The Baptist Church, Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.  The bells were able to ring again on 21 February, for the first time in 30 years, thanks to the restored bell tower, completed via a £700,000 restoraton project.

Download the ringtone here (please note it is only a short clip intended for using as a ring tone)

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Road directions

12 miles north west of Banbury, off B4100, 4 miles south of M40 Junction 12; church adjacent to the main road in the village of Avon Dassett

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Banbury (7 miles)

OS Reference No.

SP 410 502

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Useful information

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.


 



 
PDF iconNorthamptonshire & Warwickshire County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Northamptonshire & Warwickshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Community information for Church of St John the Baptist, Avon Dassett

 

All our Warwickshire churches are in CCT’s West region.

About the Friends of St John the Baptist's Church

Contact: Lily Hope-Frost

Email: lily.oldrectory@yahoo.com 

Useful local links  

Visit Coventry tourism website 

Visit Warwick tourism website 

Enjoy Warwickshire website 

Warwick Castle website 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 

Shakespeare County website

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry  

Divine Inspiration website

A list of churches in Warwickshire 

Warwickshire is in the Diocese of Coventry and the Diocese of Birmingham

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Church of St John the Baptist, Avon Dassett, Warwickshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Unfortunately, steps up to churchyard make wheelchair access very difficult. The steps are also showing signs of damage from the harsh winter. Please take extra care.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.