Great Shefford, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century round tower and Norman carved font
At the east end of the nave, beside a lectern of oak and marble, is an early medieval piscina. Much of the remaining interior decoration is Victorian, though there are several late 17th century memorial slabs set into the wall of the sanctuary. The other interior feature of note is a series of painted inscriptions which riun along the walls at the roof line. These date from 1870.
On the east wall are a pair of marouflages; paintings on canvas, which at first glance look like memorial brasses set high on the wall. These wre created by athaniel Westlake, who also created the stained glass in the east window. Both glass and maouflages were commissioned by the rector at the time, Frederick Menzies, in honour of his sister.
I loved this delightful country church. It is not spectacular or filled with grand furnishings; it is a simple country church, with an intriguing round tower and a very nicely carved Norman font. These features are augmented by the wonderful location, at the end of the avenue of trees, and overlooking the peaceful Lambourn valley. I would happily recommend a visit.
About Great Shefford
Address: Church Street, Great Shefford, Berkshire, England, RG17 7DZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the west end of the village, just off the A338 towards Lambourn. Parking along the main street.
Website: Great Shefford
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Great Shefford:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Visitor Information Centre
The Town Hall
Tel: 01635 30267
Fax: 01635 30267