St Mary's Church, Lower Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire

Address: Lower Gravenhurst, Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, MK45 4JR
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An atmospheric and unspoilt ironstone church

Much of this charming 14th-century ironstone church has been unaltered for over 600 years – including the nave and chancel, the screen and benches, and the king-post roof.

The carved stone altar was hidden in a pit during the Reformation. The pulpit, altar rails and a fine monument with brass to Benjamin Pigott, his three wives and 14 children, are from the 17th-century.

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Road directions

10 miles south east of Bedford, off A6

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Flitwick (4.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

TL 111 352

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Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

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







PDF iconBedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex & London County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex & London. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Ann Gillingham (25 Jan 2012, 18:47)

    As a child, I stayed on my grandfather's farm in Gravenhurst during WWII, and visited and attended services in this tiny church. I cannot remember how many people could attend a service at any one time, but the church did not hold very many!

    I have not been there for a long time as I have lived in Southern Arizona for the past 30 years. If you ever visit Bedfordshire in England, this tiny church is worth a visit!

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St Mary's Church, Lower Gravenhurst, 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.