St Mary's Church, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire

Address:
Church End, Dunstable, Buckinghamshire, LU6 2EP
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Opening times:
Key available at Edlesborough Post Office. The church is open on the first Sunday of each month between May and September, between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m.
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A towered landmark with a gloriously decorated interior

On an isolated chalk hillock with fine views from its churchyard, St Mary's is a noble landmark in the vale of Aylesbury; it has a massive 14th-century limestone tower and the rest is to scale. Inside, it is a treasure house of delights, including: medieval woodwork (including a complete chancel screen); amazing Victorian wallpaintings and stained glass; a slender pulpit with a superbly carved 4-tier tester; choir desks and stalls. There is also a collection of carved wooden misericords.

These little ledges, for people to rest on during long prayers, are decorated with fantastical carved creatures - look out for the stern-faced mermaid suckling a lion and the two-headed beast with ferocious claws.

  • Heritage Open Weekends at Edlesborough

    06 September 2018 - 16 September 2018

    Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

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  • Access information
    Church is at the top of very steep hill reached by a grass path through churchyard. There are small steps into the church.
  • Facilities & Hire
    Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. 
  • Directions
    5.5 miles south of Leighton Buzzard on A4146 Leighton Road, 5 miles west of Dunstable via B489; church is opposite The Bell pub in Church End adjacent to Leighton Road
  • Transport

    Nearest railway stations: Cheddington (5 miles) or Leighton Buzzard (6 miles). Bus route numbers S3, 61, 164

  • History & Further Information

    Useful 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.

    Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Guide 2012

    This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire . Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

  • Community information

    The Friends of the Church on the Hill

    The Friends of the Church on the Hill are a group of local people formed with the aim of encouraging more people to visit St Mary's Church, Edlesborough, increasing the number of occasions when the church is used for events and activities, and raising funds to help secure the future of this magnificent old building.

     

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