St Ives Free Church

St Ives Free Church is one of the oldest nonconformist churches in the country, tracing its history right back to the 1630s when Oliver Cromwell lived in the town for five years.

About this church

The current building, overlooking the market square, is a Victorian Gothic church built 1864. It was thoroughly modernised in 1980 to provide a church building that not only stands at the heart of the local community, but also serves the community.

As you enter our church, you will see our chapel to the left of the entrance. Past the chapel you enter the foyer. The wall in front of you houses a display about the church and its history. You may like to look around our FairTrade shop or visit our cafe ‘Tookeys’ for a drink or snack.

On the wall at the back of the Centrum, where our services are held, is a display board with pictures from when the church was redesigned in the 1980’s. The church organ and additional seating are accessed via twin spiral staircases. Back out on the first floor landing are two attractive and colourful stained glass windows.

There is a visitor’s book which we would be delighted if you’d like to add to.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere

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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All Saints

Beautifully positioned on the north bank of the river Ouse, you cannot fail to be struck by the extremely graceful tower and spire, the excellent proportions are apt to make it seem much higher than it really is.


St Peter & St Paul

The tall, graceful spire is visible for miles around, it was used by sailors and others returning by boat along the river Great Ouse to the port of St Ives as a welcoming landmark, and it may even have had a lit beacon to aid their way.

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