Ilmington, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman west tower
There are low arches of what appear to be sedilia on both sides of the chancel, suggesting that the floor level was once much lower than it is now.There are memorial to former rectors on the chancel walls, including an amusing one to Rev E Golding, whose epitaph says that his 'performance of the duties of his office fell far short of their obligation and importance'. Quite a damning indictment, though the church guidebook suggests that he wrote the epitaph himself, so maybe it was an attempt at self-deprecation.
The beautifully carved 20th century pews, pulpit, lectern, and doors are the work of Robert Thompson of Kilburn, known as 'The Mouse Man'. There are 11 Thompson 'signature' mice scattered amongst the woodwork. Perhaps the easiest to spot is on the north face of the pulpit, at the base.
Address: Valenders Lane, Ilmington, Warwickshire, England, CV36 4LJ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Between Back Street and Valendar's Lane. Parking along the road. The church was open when we visited.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Hidcote Manor Gardens - 2.1 miles (Garden)
Kiftsgate Court Gardens - 2.3 miles (Garden)
Ebrington, St Eadburgha's Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Tredington, St Gregory's Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Halford, St Mary's Church - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Preston on Stour, St Mary's Church - 4 miles (Historic Church)
Chipping Campden, St James Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
Chipping Campden Market Hall - 4.5 miles (Historic Building)
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