St Deny's Church, Little Barford, Bedfordshire

Address: Little Barford, St Neots, Bedfordshire, PE19 6YE
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A Norman church in a picturesque setting

Tucked away down a private drive, this Norman church is idyllically set in a lovely meadow surrounded by willows near the Great Ouse. From the south, the crenellated tower and aisleless nave appear to be fortified and defensive but on arrival, it becomes obvious that this is a delightful country church.

Notable features include:

  • an impressive 14th-century font;
  • the 15th-century oak screen;
  • carved piscina in the vestry;
  • a 16th-century brass;
  • a remarkable scheme of decoration and furnishing dating from Arthur Blomfield’s restoration of 1869-1871.

The building has a fine 12th-century doorway and windows from several periods including an exceptional one in the west tower by the Kempe Studio (1887).

The church can be slightly difficult to find. Visitors coming from St Neots on the B1043 should turn right into a narrow gateway opposite a row of thatched cottages. On entering a private driveway, you will need to turn right over a large tree stump and down a narrow track between two buildings.

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Road directions

2 miles south of St Neots, off B1043

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: St Neots (2.6 miles)

OS Reference No.

TL 178 569

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  1. Mrs Patricia Elixabeth Royds (19 Feb 2013, 02:10)

    Our family Royds all come from Little Barford, Nathaneal Allington Royds was our great great grandfather. My husbands father Nathaneal Allington Royds great grandson lived in South Africa after being educated at Cambridge. My husband Dr Jeremy Nathaneal Alington Royds is. psychiatrist who lives in Chilham. We have lived here for 14 years . We visited the lovely church and found the gravestones of a lot of the family . We were moved as this was the place where our immediate family came from and lived.

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St Deny's Church, Little Barford, Bedfordshire

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.

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.