St Margaret

A tower of kings.

About this church

This large church, in a pretty village setting, was built in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Crowning the impressive tower are four statues at its corners, said to be King William the Conqueror, King Harold, King Macbeth and King Malcolm. Malcolm's wife, Margaret, was canonised in 1250. In the south aisle is an elaborate tomb recess, linked to the Tillys who held the manor from 1312 and may have paid for the church.

The sensitive 1861 restoration of the church was by Butterfield, who also designed many of the fittings. The chancel is still in use as the parish church.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories

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 Mary the Virgin

The exterior of St Mary's successfully blends elegant Perpendicular lines with rustic stone, partly fieldstone and partly a type of deep golden green sand known as carstone, which came from a nearby quarry known as The Butts.

St Mary

The 9th century monk after whom this town is named lived and died at St Neot in Cornwall, his relics were later brought here, so a second town is named for him.

St John the Baptist

The church is set in delightful rural setting and has a remarkable collection of medieval continental woodwork, as well as fine windows by Willement, and a 14th century stained glass window.

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