St Laurence

Queen Victoria worshipped in the church as a child when on holiday, the east window is a memorial to her and the clock was installed to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.

About this church

Built in the 11th century and extended in the 12th and 13th centuries, St Laurence is built mainly of flint and caen stone and is mainly Norman and early English in style with some Victorian alterations.

The roof was raised in 1350 and the tower was raised to its present height in 1439, after being struck by lightning, the difference in stone is very noticeable. The views from the top are quite spectacular and on a clear day France can be seen.

The Victorians removed the box pews and galleries and replaced them with the current pews and were responsible for most of the beautiful stained-glass windows. The west window is in honour of Sir Thomas Noel Harris 'who fought and bled for his country ... in the famous Battle of Waterloo'. The east window is in commemoration of the fact that Queen Victoria worshipped in the church as a child.

Interesting hatchments line the rafters and some of the larger stones are over 300 years old, of the monuments and brasses several are over 400 years old.

The churchyard covers three and a half acres and contains over 1,400 graves and several famous people rest their bones there.

Key Features

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

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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This Grade I listed Gothic masterpiece is Pugin's model church and it embodies the principles he followed throughout his career.

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