Long Crendon, St Mary the Virgin Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century encaustic tile depicting Three Hares with one set of ears
In the south aisle is a finely moulded 13th century doorway (best seen from the exterior). Also in the south aisle is a 15th century window and 14th century font, topped by a very nicely carved Victorian cover. The font was carved around 1380, with quatrefoil panels on the sides and angel figures at the corners.
Behind the tomb is a blocked 14th century window and in the corner are some 12th reset century stones. Also in the transept is a Victorian fireplace. The transept is set off from the tower by a 17th century wooden screen.
In the chancel your eye will inevitably be drawn to the large east window with its colourful Victorian glass by the Mayer Company. The glass was installed in 1888, but the chancel roof is 15th century and there are 13th century lancet windows in both side walls.
Just below the altar step is an intriguing medieval encaustic tile with the figures of three hares in yellow against an orange background. The tile is probably 14th century, made locally at nearby Penn. If you look closely you'll see that the trio of rabbits share only one set of ears between them.
This stylised portrayal is supposed to represent the Christian Trinity, and was used throughout the medieval period all across the country. However the example here at Long Crendon is thought to be the earliest example in Britain.
One final item of note is a lovely canopied niche in the north aisle, dating to the 14th century and decorated with beautifully crafted foliage carvings.
Most people visit Long Crendon to visit the National Trust's Courthouse, just a stone's through from the church. That's understandable, as the Courthouse is a gorgeous timber-framed building, but don't miss the church! There's a lot of historical interest, notably the Dormer memorial and the curious Three Hares tile.
The church is normally open daylight hours.
About Long Crendon
Address: High Street, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, England, HP18 9AL
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the end of High Street, just beyond the Courthouse (National Trust). Parking along the High Street.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Long Crendon Courthouse - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Thame, St Mary's Church - 1.7 miles (Historic Church)
Nether Winchendon House - 3.1 miles (Historic House)
Nether Winchendon, St Nicholas Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Rycote Chapel - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Waterperry Gardens - 4.5 miles (Garden)
Waterperry, St Mary's Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Wotton House - 4.5 miles (Historic House)
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Tel: 01844 212 833
Fax: 01844 216 094