St Margaret's Church, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire
How to find us
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A tower of kings
This large church, in a pretty village setting, was built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Crowning the impressive tower are four statues at its corners, said to be King William the Conqueror, King Harold, King Macbeth and King Malcolm. Malcolm's wife, Margaret, was canonised in 1250. In the south aisle is an elaborate tomb recess, linked to the Tillys who held the manor from 1312 and may have paid for the church. The sensitive 1861 restoration of the church was by Butterfield, who also designed many of the fittings. The chancel is still in use as the parish church.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A Norman church in a picturesque setting
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a 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.
4 miles south east of St Neots, on B1046
Nearest railway station: St Neots (3.2 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 church.Cambridgeshire County Guide.
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:
- 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
- Cambridgeshire is in the Diocese of Ely: www.ely.anglican.org