St Margaret

George Clayton Tennyson, father of Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was rector from 1806 till his death in 1831.

About this church

St Margaret’s is built of local greenstone and has stood in the village since 1407. Money from the estate of Albinus de Enderby financed the project. Items of note are the octagonal font, the windows containing fragments of medieval glass and the boss of a Danish shield which was found during an archaeological dig in a nearby field and is now nailed to the main door.
Various Tennyson related artefacts and interpretation boards are also present.

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

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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