Buckworth, All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century chancel and nave
The tower is topped by a spire which has been the highest point in Huntingdonshire for over 7 centuries. The most striking feature of the tower is a pair of circular windows with beautiful geometric tracery, set into the 3rd stage.
The most interesting memorial is to William Stevenson (d. 1711), decorated with a skull and crossed bones to represent mortality.
All Saints has limited opening hours. I had to travel a long way and arrived earlier than expected, so I sat and rested in my car. A chap emerged from a nearby cottage to walk his dogs, and we struck up a conversation. When he returned from his dog walking he made me a cup of coffee and brought it out to me. Talk about friendly natives! There was still no sign of the church warden arriving to open the church door, so my new friend went to the warden's house - which wasn't signposted at the church - and returned with a key the size of one of those old prison keys in films. In no time I was inside the church and snapping away happily with my camera. My new friend had to leave and just asked my to lock the door and leave the key there, as it was a peaceful village and he'd return soon to retrieve it. Now, what an advertisement for Buckworth village!
All Saints is a lovely church in a beautifully picturesque hilltop setting. Though the interior has some interesting features, particularly the roof bosses and carved corbel heads, the best features are the 13th century nave and tower, with the eye-catching gargoyles and Geometric windows.
- Historic Highlights
- 13th century nave
- 1310 chancel
- Medieval roof bosses
- 13th century carved corbel heads
- 15th century clerestory
- Grotesque gargoyles on exterior
Address: Church Road, Buckworth, Cambridgeshire, England, PE28 5AL
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Buckworth is 5 miles west of Huntingdon, off the A1(M)/A14. Parking along the verge. Regular opening hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Visitor Information Centre
9 Bridge Street
Tel: 01733 452 336
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays