St Margaret's Church, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire

High Street, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6UJ
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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.