Minster Lovell, St Kenelm's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1455 alabaster effigy of Baron William Lovell
In 1431 William, the 7th Baron Lovell, tore down the 12th century manor beside the river and built a grand new manor, now known as Minster Lovell Hall (English Heritage). At the same time to completely rebuilt the 12th century church in fashionable Perpendicular Gothic style. The church was independent of Lovell's estate and was settled on the French abbey at Ivry.
Look for the arches supporting the tower. They rest on carved corbel heads with likenesses of Lord and Lady Lovell, Henry VI, and Bishop Lumley of Lincoln, who diocese included Oxfordshire when the church was finished in 1450. One odd tradition that isn't readily apparent concerns the north transept, which was traditionally set aside for residents of Crawley, who did not have a parish church of their own. The transept is still known as the Crawley Aisle. In the floor of the Crawley Aisle is a carved acrostic symbo in Latin.
I've been to St Kenelm's several times. The location beside the romantic ruins of the Hall and the peaceful Windrush is something quite special. This is a place you could sit in the sunshine and let the day float away. There's a wonderful sense of peace and relaxation here, but the same can be said for Minster Lovell village as a whole. The highlight for me is the lovely alabaster tomb of Baron Lovell, and the wonderful vaulting under the tower.
THE LOVELL TOMB
About Minster Lovell
Address: Old Minster Lovell, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, England, OX29 0RR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Follow the signs for Minster Lovell Hall. The church is immediately beside the Hall, a 2 minute walk from the parking area. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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