Chetwode, St Mary & St Nicholas
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1480 the priory was disbanded, and the priory church became the parish church, as St Martin's had fallen into disrepair. The current building is really only the chancel of the priory church.
The church is composed of just a nave, chancel, west tower, and north chapel. The exterior is humble, even plain, but the interior is a delightful mix of medieval features with later Elizabethan and 17th-century furnishings.
The core of the architecture is superb Early English work, particularly the three sets of stepped lancets in the chancel. Also in the chancel is a linked sedilia and piscina, ornamented by Norman-style dogtooth moulding. In an interesting twist, the central arch of the sedilia has been converted into a doorway.
The north chapel was converted in the 17th century into the manor pew, with wooden panelling and a fireplace to keep the squire's family warm through the coldest sermons!
Perhaps the best feature at Chetwode is the medieval stained glass. There are fragments of 13th and 14th-century glass in the chancel and under the tower. There is also a painted wooden triptych dated to 1696, and near the organ is a grave slab from c. 1350, carved with a foliated cross.
About Chetwode, St Mary & St Nicholas
Address: Chetwode, Buckinghamshire, England, MK18 4JX
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a minor road 2 miles south of Tingewick
Photo Credit: John Salmon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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