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PAINTED CHURCHES : LOCATION LIST & ACCESS DETAILS

This list, now organised by county, includes only churches I have seen personally; many others are in the various books listed on the Bibliography page. The details in italics refer to other medieval artefacts of interest in the individual churches. The old Location Map, which was becoming unfeasibly crowded, has been replaced by a County Map giving total numbers of churches on the site in a given county, with links back to this page.
Some access details are included below; where there are none try first the Digital Atlas of England. Below, K=O means I found the church open on at least one occasion. K=N means there is a visible notice telling visitors where a key or keyholder can be found. Usually this is a nearby house. Things can change of course - a church that was open last week may be closed this week, and vice-versa, so if you need to plan in advance, another resource is the Anglican Dioceses site. The link will take you to a list of English Dioceses with address, phone number, fax and e-mail for the relevant Diocesan Office (to find out which Diocese a church is in click the name below to link to its page or pages), and someone there will be able to give you contact details for a churchwarden, steward or other church official for any given church. Diocesan Office staff are usually very helpful.
So far as the details below are concerned, no information about access means only that I failed to make a note of this - an omission I’m trying to put right - but if it is locked, the overwhelming likelihood is that the church has a notice on the door, as described above. All but a few medieval churches give visitors some basic information about how to get in.

Bedfordshire

  • Chalgrave
  • Houghton Conquest (brass, glass, roof, early tomb)
  • K=N
  • Marston Moreteyne (Painted screen; shield; Bible)
  • Shelton (forthcoming)K=N (nearby)
  • Toddington (forthcoming)
  • Turvey (good tombs)

    Berkshire

  • Ashampstead
  • K=O

    Buckinghamshire

  • Bledlow
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Broughton
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Chalfont St. Giles K=by appointment - check with Oxford Diocesan Office
  • Lathbury (Saxon carving?)
  • Little Horwood
  • Little Kimble K=O
  • Little Missenden K=N (nearby)
  • Passenham (forthcoming)
  • Swanbourne
  • Cambridgeshire
    Carving ?part of shrine, Castor [24KB]

  • Bartlow K=O (may be seasonal)
  • Barton K=O (may be seasonal)
  • Broughton
  • Castor (v. fine Saxon carving)
  • Chesterton
  • Chippenham K=N (nearby)
  • Duxford (v. early carving - porch)
  • . K=N (nearby)
  • Hardwick
  • Hauxton K=O
  • Ickleton (vg bench-ends; much else)
  • K=O
  • Impington
  • Kingston K=N (nearby)
  • Molesworth
  • . K=O
  • Old Weston
  • Peakirk
  • Willingham K=O (part of the day)
  • Cheshire
    carved head at Astbury (14KB)

  • Astbury, (good stained glass, superb sculpted heads) K=N (nearby)
  • Marton
  • K=O (half-timbered church of great architectural interest)

    Cornwall

  • Breage
  • K=O
  • Launcells
  • K=O
  • Linkinhorne
  • K=O
  • Poundstock
  • K=O
  • St. Just-in-Penwith
  • K=O

    Cumbria

    Derbyshire

  • Dale Abbey (church) ( much of interest+Abbey ruins)
  • . K=N (nearby)
  • Hartington
  • (forthcoming) K=O
  • Melbourne (vg stonecarving; sheela-na-gig)
  • K=O

    Devon

  • Weare Giffard
  • K=O

    Dorset

  • Cranborne K=O
  • Tarrant Crawford
  • K=O
  • Wareham (St. Martin)
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Gussage St. Andrew K=N
  • Cerne Abbas K=N

    Durham

    Essex

  • Belchamp Walter
  • K=O
  • Copford
  • . K=O (take some 20p coins in case you need the lights on)
  • Fairstead
  • Layer Marney (vg tombs; glass-?Flemish)
  • Little Easton (good tombs)
  • Little Tey
  • . K=N (nearby)
  • Wendens Ambo
  • K=O (may be seasonal or occasional)

    Gloucestershire

  • Ampney Crucis
  • (forthcoming)
  • Ampney St.Mary
  • , K=O
  • Kempley
  • K=O
  • Oddington
  • Stoke Orchard
  • K=O

    Hampshire

  • Breamore (painted/inscribed Saxon arch)
  • East Wellow (or Dorset???)
  • Idsworth K=O (custodian present)
  • Catherington K=O
  • Corhampton
  • Herefordshire

  • Michaelchurch Escley

    Hertfordshire

  • Cottered
  • Flamstead (good effigy tombs)
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Widford K=O

    Isle of Wight (Hampshire)
    Painted statue ?S.Mary Magd/S.Barbara? Pickworth [9KB]

  • Godshill,
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Shorwell (IOW) (monuments)
  • Kent

  • Bapchild
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Bishopsbourne
  • K=O (NB. some effort needed to open door)
  • Boughton Aluph K=N (nearby)
  • Brook K=O
  • Faversham K=0
  • Ivychurch (glass, embroidery) (forthcoming)
  • Littlebourne K=O (normally-sometimes locked)
  • Newington-next-Sittingbourne
  • K=O (certain days/hours)
  • Selling (glass - C.14 East Window) K=N (nearby)

    Lancashire

    Leicestershire

    Lincolnshire

  • Corby Glen
  • . K=O
  • Friskney
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Goxhill (‘crusader’ effigy tomb)
  • . K=N (nearby)
  • Pickworth (near Grantham) (statuary; gargoyles)
  • Middlesex

  • St Christopher, Hayes, Middlesex, smallClick this small image for a larger one of St. Christopher at Hayes

    Norfolk

  • Attleborough Norfolk K=N
  • Banningham Norfolk K=O
  • Belton Norfolk (or Suffolk)
  • Bradfield
  • K=O
  • Burnham Overy
  • K=O
  • Catfield(v.g. painted screen)
  • Cawston, K=N (nearby) (v.g. painted screen, much else)
  • glass; musical angel at Cockthorpe
  • Cockthorpe (musical angel in C.15 glass)
  • (forthcoming)
    K=N (nearby)
  • Crostwight
  • K=N (nearby)
  • East Harling (wonderful glass)
  • Edingthorpe (painted screen, good piscina)
  • K=O
  • Fring
  • Fritton (near Great Yarmouth) (apsidal chancel/3-tier pulpit)
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Fritton (near Tacolneston)
  • Great Snoring Norfolk (painted screen; early royal arms)
  • Haddiscoe (good stone carving/ironwork)
  • K=O
  • Hales
  • Hardley Street
  • K=O
  • Hemblington
  • K=N (nearby) (painted font; pews; rood stairs)
  • Heydon Norfolk (painted screen; glass miscellany)
  • K=O
  • Houghton-on-the-Hill
  • K=N (in North Pickenham village)
  • Irstead( screen, glass, vg. carved font, woodwork)K=Obench-end (dog) at Irstead
  • Little Melton
  • Little Witchingham K=O
  • Moulton St. Mary (painted Commandments board+)
  • K=O
  • Paston K=O
  • Potter Heigham Norfolk (good font; carved ‘Wild Man’)
  • Seething (Seven Sacraments font)
  • . K=N (nearby)
  • South Burlingham (vg. painted pulpit)
  • Sporle
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Thurlton Norfolk K=N (nearby)
  • Thurton Norfolk (good carving, screen, font) (forthcoming)
  • West Somerton (painted Commandments Board)
  • K=O
  • Weston Longville (painted screen with Apostles, v.g. sedilia with stonecarving) K=O
  • Wickhampton
  • K=N (nearby at adjacent cottages)

    Northamptonshire

  • Chacombe
  • K=N
  • Croughton
  • K=N (at Croughton Post Office)
  • Great Harrowden Northamptonshire (glass/brass/screen/clock)
  • Raunds Northamptonshire (glass, inc. Christ blessing)
  • K=N (nearby) glass; Christ blessing at Raunds
  • Slapton Northamptonshire (Glass; Mass dial; Unspoilt)
  • K=N (nearby - or see Slapton Church website)

    Northumberland

    Nottinghamshire

  • Blyth
  • K=N

    Oxfordshire

  • Beckley
  • K=O
  • Black Bourton
  • Broughton
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Chalgrove
  • K=O (usually, but key nearby at newsagent)
  • Great Tew (Mannerist stone gateway arch)
  • K=0
  • Horley
  • K=O
  • Hornton
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Kelmscott (glass-early St. George)
  • K=N (nearby)
  • North Stoke
  • Shorthampton
  • K=O
  • South Leigh (brass, glass, carvings)
  • South Newington
  • K=O
  • Swalcliffe
  • Woodeaton
  • K=O

    Rutland

  • Stoke Dry
  • K=O

    Shropshire

  • Alveley, K=N (rare medieval altar frontal)
  • ClaverleyK=N (nearby)
  • Edstaston (very good Norman carving)
  • Stokesay
  • K=O

    Somerset

  • Marston Magna K=O
  • Sutton Bingham K=O

    Staffordshire

  • Alton, K=O

    Suffolk

  • Bacton, K=N (nearby)
  • Bardwell (good glass). K=O
  • Barnby (rare medieval banner-stave locker [see it at Suffolk Churches]). K=keyholder as North Cove below
  • Boxford Suffolk (Painted font [see it at Suffolk Churches] good carvings)
  • K=O
  • Brent Eleigh
  • Chelsworth
  • K=O
  • Earl Stonham
  • K=O
  • Gisleham
  • K=O
  • Hessett K=O (v.g. glass)
  • Hoxne(bench-ends including St Edmund & wolf)
  • K=O
  • Ilketshall K=O
  • Lakenheath K=N (nearby at shop)
  • Martlesham
  • Newton Green
  • K=O
  • North Cove
  • K=N (nearby*) *For North Cove village ignore the sign immediately after the church, continue eastward towards Lowestoft & turn left into Marsh Lane after 100 yards or so.
  • Stoke-by-Clare
  • K=O
  • Thornham Parva (The Thornham Parva retable)
  • K=O
  • Troston (vg. painted screen)
  • K=N (nearby)
  • Wenhaston
  • K=O
  • Wissington
  • K=O
  • Yaxley (fine porch, glass)
  • K=O

    Surrey

  • Chaldon K=O (during daylight hours)
  • Charlwood K=O

    Sussex (East)

  • Arlington (v. fine large medieval storage jar; roof) (forthcoming)
  • Brightling (glass, brass) (forthcoming)
  • Mountfield (good font) (forthcoming)

  • Rotherfield (C.17 box pews; Anglo-Saxon will)
  • Sussex (West)

  • Amberley K=O
  • Arundel (St. Nicholas Priory) K=O (certain times)
  • Clayton K=O
  • Coombes K=O
  • Hardham K=O
  • Trotton K=O
  • West Chiltington K=O
  • Wisborough Green K=O

    Warwickshire

  • Burton Dassett K=O
  • Coventry (Holy Trinity Church) K=O

    Wiltshire

  • Oaksey
  • K=N sheela-na-gig at Oaksey
  • Salisbury (St. Thomas, NOT Cathedral)
  • K=O

    Worcestershire

  • Martley
  • K=O
  • Pinvin
  • K=N
  • Wickhamford
  • K=N

    Yorkshire (East)

    Yorkshire (North)

  • Easby
  • K=O
  • Pickering
  • K=O
  • Wensley
  • K=O

    Yorkshire (West)

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