St Margaret's Church, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire

Address: High Street, Abbotsley, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6UJ
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A tower of kings

  • 13th/14th-century church;
  • impressive statues.

This large church, in a pretty village setting, was built in the 13th-and 14th-centuries.

Crowning the impressive tower are four statues at its corners, said to be King William the Conqueror, King Harold, King Macbeth and King Malcolm. Malcolm's wife, Margaret, was canonised in 1250.

In the south aisle is an elaborate tomb recess, linked to the Tillys who held the manor from 1312 and may have paid for the church.

The sensitive 1861 restoration of the church was by Butterfield, who also designed many of the fittings.

The chancel is still in use as the parish church.

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Road directions

4 miles south east of St Neots, on B1046

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: St Neots (3.2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TL 227 565

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  2. James Edward Johnson (19 Nov 2012, 06:06)

    My Sister Su', & I, Jim Johnson, visited the Church at Abbotsley last month in October (2012) We travelled from Australia to trace our Matriarchal family history. We are of the "Webb" family our Granmother Emily Louise Webb, was born in Abbotsley. Emily was one of 14 children although census details indicate that only 13 survived (one may have been stillborn) On the 'War Memorial" marker is marked: Arthur Webb & Edward (Teddy) Webb. these are my ancestral Great Uncles, killed in the first world war. I have tracked & visited Teddys grave in France to place flowers on his headstone. However, I'm experiencing difficulty locating Arthur as he also was killed in France. I have Edwards Medals that were given to me as a young boy by my Grandmother, Emily. I also have Edwards sevice history and photo (in uniform). I also have Arthurs photo of him in uniform as well. if any of the family of the other sisters & brothers wish to contact me, I am happy to make the conections. Regards Jim Johnson. p.s. the church & residence was un-attended when we called in. But we both felt a sense of 'home soil' standing amoung our family buried within the grounds.

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Community information for St Margaret's Church, Abbotsley

 

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St Margaret's Church, Abbotsley, 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.

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.