Tredington, St Gregory's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Saxon stonework in the nave
The most obvious Saxon remnant is the range of deeply-splayed lancet windows over the nave arcade. It seems that the Saxon church must have had a very unusual west gallery, reached by an external stair, for you can see fragments of doorways high on the walls, and small lights even higher which would have shed light into the gallery.
The font is 15th century, in the octagonal design fashionable at that time. Each of the eight sides has carved tracery patterns.
There is more lovely woodwork in the pews and bench ends, most of which are 15th century. In the floor of the south aisle is a brass to Alice Barnes. The date has been lost, but the stye of costume suggests a 16th century date.
In the south aisle is a worn wooden chest, probably 17th century, and beside it is a very peculiar, elongated bench, called a 'Housling Bench', used before the days of altar rails. The 'housel' was another term for the holy sacrament, so the Housing bench was a very simple plank where worshippers knelt to receive the sacrament. This is the first surviving example I've ever seen in a parish church, and though the information sign and the church guide does not give a date, it certainly looks medieval.
I can't finish this article without saying what a great job someone has done laying out a church trail. There are information sheets at various points of interest throughout the church, full of historical detail and background. Someone has gone to a lot of effort to ensure that visitors enjoy and understand the best historical features of the church. I wish every church did something like this!
If you have a moment, walk to the top of the road (where the thatched cottage is visible) and look back towards the church. On a sunny day, with the thatched building to your left, an Elizabethan house on the right, and the spire of St Gregory's rising high above the surrounding cottages, its as pretty a village sight as you will see anywhere in England.
Address: Mill Lane, Tredington, Warwickshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of the village, off the A3400 on Mill Lane. For satnav use the postcaode CV36 4NG. 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
Halford, St Mary's Church - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Whatcote, St Peter's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Ilmington, St Mary's Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Oxhill, St Lawrence Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church)
Lower Brailes, St George's Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Hidcote Manor Gardens - 5.1 miles (Garden)
Ebrington, St Eadburgha's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Preston on Stour, St Mary's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
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