Church of St John the Baptist, Parsons Drove, Cambridgeshire
- What's nearby
A Fenland church filled with faces
This medieval Fenland church is filled with light and numerous carved faces peering out of the stonework. The north aisle has a thirteenth-century doorway and fourteenth-century windows. The noble nave arcades and the west tower, with its superb stone-panelled arch and vaulted ceiling, are from the fifteenth century.
Tradition has it that the chancel was destroyed by a flood in 1613 and the south aisle was largely rebuilt in about 1800. There is also a Perpendicular period octagonal font and a pulpit from 1677. The churchyard has some intricately detailed gravestones and an obelisk to John Peck, the parish constable (who died in 1851).
On -road parking outside the church. There is a good path from the road edge to the church porch and two steps into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Parsons Drove is a large church suitable for over 100 people. There is electricity. There is no heating or toilet facilities. There are fixed pews.
6 miles west of Wisbech, on B1169
Nearest railway station: March (7.2 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.
Could you help support a small group of CCT churches on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border? Find out more about our Fens Site Inspection Area Volunteer role
Useful local links:
- Visit Cambridge tourism website: www.visitcambridge.org.uk
- 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