St John the Baptist

This limestone church stands in an attractive village on the eastern slopes of Bredon Hill.

About this church

It comprises a central tower, nave, chancel and porch. The nave is Norman, and has two excellent Norman doorways. The southern one is better preserved, protected by a 15th century porch.

Its tympanum is particularly interesting, with a carving of a cross, above which are a circle and a bird, and flanked by two strange creatures. As so often, the meaning of these symbols and creatures is open to interpretation. The Norman north doorway is weathered, but shows the Harrowing of Hell.

There is further Norman stonework on the chancel tower arch, with zigzag decoration, and also with human heads and a centaur.

Among the furnishings are a number of 15th century bench ends and a font of about the same date.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

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

Other nearby churches

St Faith

St Faith's is a Grade I building dating back to Norman times set in a beautiful Cotswold stone village with wonderful walks in the surrounding countryside.

St Mary

The castle, long since ruined, was that of the Beauchamp family and once stood just above the church on the slopes of Bredon Hill.

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