Lower Brailes, St George's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century font and nave corbels
Most of the large building we see today is 14th century, with a very tall (120 feet) west tower added in the 15th century. The church was extensively rebuilt in 1649, which suggests that it suffered damage in the civil War. Royalist soldiers were quartered in Brailes from 1643, so it seems reasonable to assume that the church suffered damage during that period.
A local tradition, however, suggests that it represents a crusader, and is several centuries older. In truth it is hard to tell much about the effigy itself, which is extremely worn, but the tomb chest itself is in quite reasonable condition, with very nicely carved blank arcading around the base. On the wall near the tomb chest is a benefaction board to William Willington, who, on his death in 1533, left enough money to give 40 shillings to the poor of the parish 'Yearly, for Ever'.
One final feature worth noting are three stained glass panels,, set into the south aisle lancets. The surrounding glass is Victorian, but the smaller panels are of 16th and 17th century date and depict Biblical tales.
- Historic Highlights
- 16th century stained glass panels
- 14th century font
- 15th century benefaction board
- 15th century effigy and tomb chest
- 16th century parish chest
About Lower Brailes
Address: High Street, Lower Brailes, Warwickshire, England, OX15 5HT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Limited parking outside the church. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Lower Brailes
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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