St John the Baptist Church, Avon Dassett, Warwickshire
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A masterpiece of the Gothic Revival
This Victorian church, with its soaring spire, is a masterpiece built in fourteenth-century Gothic style and is set amongst trees in the Avon Dassett hills - a lovely place for a walk.
Charles Buckeridge built it in golden Hornton sandstone in 1869 to replace a medieval church, which east window he reset in the west wall of the tower.
The high-ceilinged interior is inspiring and the style throughout is largely fourteenth century. The chancel remains a good example of a properly furnished sanctuary of the period, with oak altar and choirstalls, three stone seldilia and a grey Purbeck marble reredos with a cross at the centre. A recess in the north wall of the chancel contains the fine tomb of a deacon, thought to be Hugo who died in c. 1240.
In 2009, as part of our 40th birthday celebration, we released a special recording of the 110-year-old bells from this church. The bells were able to ring again on 21 February, for the first time in 30 years, thanks to the restored bell tower, completed via a £700,000 restoraton project.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A church on the edge of a battle
Church entrance accessed via approximately 30 steps from the road.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
12 miles north west of Banbury, off the B4100, 4 miles south of M40 Junction 12. The church is adjacent to the main road in the village of Avon Dassett
Nearest railway station: Banbury (7 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 walk round guides we have for this church.
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Northamptonshire & Warwickshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church:Warwickshire & Northamptonshire County Guide
If you are interested in finding out more about the history of this church, you can do so by downloading the guide below. These guides are usually also available for purchase at the church:
St John the Baptist's Church is in our West region.
- The Friends of St John the Baptist's Church - Contact Lily Hope-Frost on email@example.com
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