All Saints' Church, Conington, Cambridgeshire
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Glorious monuments in a church full of light
The fine, lofty pinnacles of Conington's magnificent tower can be seen from the Great North Road and from the main rail route to Edinburgh. This late medieval church is a light-filled wonder, its clear glass Perpendicular windows displaying almost lace-like tracery. This very handsome church was built as a whole at the end of the fifteenth century with only minor embellishments later. Highlights include: arcades; a piscina and sedilia; the original nave roof and chapel screens; excellent pews and other furnishings mostly dating from 1841.
The estate of Conington belonged to Maud, niece of William the Conqueror, who married David, son of the Scottish King Malcolm in 1109. Conington remained part of Scotland until 1237 and was eventually passed to the Cotton family, whose gloriously opulent monuments spanning three centuries are held in the church today, together with memorials to a Scottish king and a prince.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A serene light-filled interior
There is a firm grassy path to the west door of the church with a very small step at entrance.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Take junction 15 or 16 off A1(M) between Huntingdon and Peterborough, near Sawtry with directions to Conington. Good directions in village to church and 457th USAF war memorial.
Nearest railway station: Peterborough (8 miles).
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walkround guides we have for this churchCambridgeshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Cambridgeshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Visit Cambridge tourism website: www.visitcambridge.org
- Cambridgeshire Family History Society: www.cfhs.org.uk
- Cambridgeshire Association for Local History: www.calh.org.uk
- Cambridgeshire history website: www.cambridgeshirehistory.com
- Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust: www.cambshistoricchurchestrust.co.uk