All Saints

The late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was born and brought up just to the south of the village at St Pauls Walden Bury, home of the Bowes-Lyon family since the 18th century.

About this church

A wall tablet in All Saints commemorates her baptism here in 1900, and a memorial in the churchyard commemorates her life.

The church itself is Perpendicular, with an extraordinary, incongruous baroque chancel, installed in 1727 as the gift of Edward Gilbert, the first Bowes-Lyon ancestor to live in the parish.

One of the treasures of the church is a 14th century window depicting the Virgin and Child, recently restored.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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