Wendens Ambo, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval brass, wall paintings, and bench end carvings
The north nave arcades have fascinating carved hood mouldings, which terminate in four grotesque carved heads. One is clearly a monkey, and another seems to be winking. The font is 14th century, with a carved top of about 1600. The pews are a mix of medieval and modern, but the medieval ones feature really interesting carved ends. Among the carved figures is a boar with its foot on a mirror. This is thought to represent the story of 'The Tiger and the Mirror' from The Book of Beasts (a popular 12th century bestiary), but it is obvious that the woodcarver had never seen a tiger so had to use a boar.
Near the lectern is a grave slab to Ann Churchman (d. 1684) and on the north wall of the nave is a memorial to Ambrose Andrews (d. 1718).
A very pretty church with some fascinating memorials and architectural details. The view from the west tower along the row of cottages that stand beside the church is about as idyllic a sight as you will ever see; a perfect picture of a traditional English village scene.
About Wendens Ambo
Address: Church Path, Wendens Ambo, Essex, England, CB11 4JZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just outside Saffron Walden on the B1039. Free parking, and usually open daylight hours.
Website: Wendens Ambo
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Tourist Information Centre
1 Market Place
Tel: 01799 524 002
Fax: 01799 524003