St Mary's Church, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire

Address: Church End, Edlesborough, Dunstable, Buckinghamshire, LU6 2EP
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A towered landmark with a gloriously decorated interior

On an isolated chalk hillock with fine views from its churchyard, St Mary's is a noble landmark in the vale of Aylesbury; it has a massive 14th-century limestone tower and the rest is to scale.

Inside, it is a treasure house of delights, including:

  • medieval woodwork (including a complete chancel screen);
  • amazing Victorian wallpaintings and stained glass;
  • a slender pulpit with a superbly carved 4-tier tester;
  • choir desks and stalls.

There is also a collection of carved wooden misericords. These little ledges, for people to rest on during long prayers, are decorated with fantastical carved creatures – look out for the stern-faced mermaid suckling a lion and the two-headed beast with ferocious claws.

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Road directions

5.5 miles south of Leighton Buzzard on A4146 Leighton Road, 5 miles west of Dunstable via B489; church is opposite The Bell pub in Church End adjacent to Leighton Road

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Cheddington (5 miles) or Leighton Buzzard (6 miles). Bus route numbers S3, 61, 164

OS Reference No.

SP 970 191

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  1. steph tate (20 Oct 2012, 15:07)

    hi i am 13 and part of the 1st eaton bray and edlesborough scout group a few months back we visited st. mary's church and were aloud to go up and see the bells, the towerand listen to one of them being rung it was very interesting i enjoyed alot and it has contributed to one of my badges so thank you. x

  2. Sylvia Charlton (04 Aug 2013, 23:16)

    I visited St Mary the Virgin Church in Edlesborough today, on its August open day. The church's setting is wonderful, much higher than the village so it can be seen from all directions. It is especially impressive approaching it from the direction of Leighton Buzzard. Internally it is a gem. The rood screen was brightly painted during renovation in the 19c depicting the Victorians' fascination with the medieval period. Similarly the walls have been decorated. There is plenty to look at here: misericords from the 1400s are in situ and the carving is magnificent; each partition depicts a different creature. Some of the floor tiles are medieval and the remainder probably Victorian. One feels that this church was of the local people and I can only think that even non-church goers must have been terribly sad that it was decommissioned in the 1970s. It does show signs of needing more than just a little care and attention. Daylight can be clearly seen through some of the door surrounds. It would be nice if a local carpenter could offer his services to fix these problem areas. One of the volunteers who enable the open days chatted as we walked around. Born in Edlesborough she remembers the village as it was when it was truly rural and the school a tiny building. She says the six bells are still working and there are enough local people to ring them when necessary and visiting bell ringers visit occasionally too. I feel privileged to have visited this lovely church on one of this few open days and hope more people will visit.

  3. Sylvia Charlton (06 Aug 2013, 11:14)

    Had a lovely visit to this very pretty church on Sunday, August 4th. It is open on the first Sunday of the months May to September thanks to volunteers, one of which chatted to me during the visit. I was pleased to hear about the village, where she has lived all her life, as she accompanied me. I particularly liked the Victorian decoration above the arches and on the rood screen, the misericords with carvings of different creatures on each partition and the partly tiled floor. Some of the tiles are medieval and the design can still be seen on them. The bells still ring by both local people and visiting groups. I think it sad that the church has been decommissioned though it used occasionally for concerts and it has been a location for films. A visit is much recommended.

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Edlesborough

 

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St Mary's Church, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire

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

Church is at the top of very steep hill reached by a grass path through churchyard. There are small steps in 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.