Our Lady & St Wilfrid

This ‘hidden gem’ is the earliest known surviving example of a small English parish church designed by ‘God’s Architect’ Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.

About this church

The church retains all of its original elaborate architectural features, fittings and furniture, and most of its extensive painted decoration.

In 2016 an essential programme of work was undertaken to secure the building, with essential repairs to the roof, drainage system, plasterwork, bell tower and facing. Parishioners now aim to restore the decorative interior to the full glory of Pugin’s design and are inviting schools and visitors to experience the building, see its artefacts and learn about the rich local history.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • 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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St Mary

Notched into the summit of the circular mound at the centre of the village of Cumwhitton, St Mary's is an ancient church dating from about 1160AD.


St Martin

St Martin's church is a 'very remarkable building with windows glowing with gemstone colours' according to architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner.

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