St Mary's Church, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire
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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.Edlesborough Guide
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An unspoilt medieval atmosphere
A church with a tiny, rocket shaped spire
A romantic echo
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
Edlesborough is a very large church. There is electricity. There is no heating, water or toilet facilities. There are fixed pews.
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
Nearest railway stations: Cheddington (5 miles) or Leighton Buzzard (6 miles). Bus route numbers S3, 61, 164
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.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.
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.
Useful local links
- Visit Buckinghamshire tourism website: www.visitbuckinghamshire.org
- Buckinghamshire Family History Society: www.bucksfhs.org.uk
- Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society: www.bucksas.org.uk
- Buckinghamshire Historic Churches Trust: www.bucks-historic-churches.org.uk
- Buckinghamshire County Council: www.buckscc.gov.uk