St Andrew

Woodwalton is the ancient and beautiful church glimpsed each day by hundreds of commuters on the East Coast Mainline in Cambridgeshire.

About this church

It is also featured on the front cover of Andrew Barr's book The Nation's Favourite Churches. The church has been moving for a century or more and it was this coupled with its remoteness which led to its abandonment thirty years ago. We have repaired the exterior since then and have been monitoring the internal movement before resorting to a full scale programme of conservation.

The tower dates largely from the reconstruction of 1860 by Mr Eaton of Tichmarsh but substantial areas of the shell and much of the interior are medieval. The architect in 1860 was Edward Browning of Stamford. A particularly striking feature of the interior is the disparity between the south arcade which is Early English in date and the north arcade which is distinctively Perpendicular in its use of shields on the capitals. The contents include a collection of early stone coffin lids and fine neo classical monuments in the chancel. A stained glass window is also on loan to the Stained Glass Museum at Ely.

The church has problems with drainage due to its fenland location. The ancient wild fens once stretched for miles across a huge part of East Anglia but more than 99% of the habitat disappeared when the land was drained for agriculture. Nearby Woodwalton Fen is one of the last fragments of this ancient fen to survive, a 209 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of Conservation and a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • Car park at church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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