Church of St John the Baptist, Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire

Address: Main Road, Parson Drove, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 4LF
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A Fenland church filled with faces

This medieval Fenland church is filled with light and numerous carved faces peering out of the stonework.

The north aisle has a 13th-century doorway and 14th-century windows. The noble nave arcades and the west tower, with its superb stone-panelled arch and vaulted ceiling, are 15th-century.

Tradition has it that the chancel was destroyed by a flood in 1613 and the south aisle was largely rebuilt in about 1800.

There is also a Perpendicular period octagonal font and a pulpit from 1677.

The churchyard has some intricately detailed gravestones and an obelisk to John Peck, the parish constable (who died in 1851).

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Road directions

6 miles west of Wisbech, on B1169

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: March (7.2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TF 390 091

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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 iconCambridgeshire County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

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

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  1. Alan Grove (19 Sep 2012, 16:54)

    The size of these East Anglian churches is amazing and gives rise to a fascinating research of the social histiory of their foundation.

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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Church of St John the Baptist, Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire

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

There is a good path from the road edge to the church porch and two steps into the church.

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.