St Martin

Blyton church is dedicated to St Martin, best known for the account of his using his military sword to cut his cloak in two, to give half to a beggar clad only in rags in the depth of winter.

About this church

Step inside St Martins and you will be presented with the village's unique war memorial, a collection of flags of the Allied nations of WWI which hang precariously in the nave. St Martin's is a grade I listed church, established in the 11th century. The lower parts of the tower are Norman and sections of the aisle are Early English. The chancel was rebuilt in 1877, but retains a window from the 13th century. The font is of perpendicular style. The south aisle has a large 15th century window, as well as an aumbry and a piscinA. There is an external embattled parapet and clerestory. The north and south arcades have three bays, dating from the 13th century, with octagonal pillars. The tower arch is Romanesque. There is also a 15th century font with octagonal bowl, the upper part being decorated with battlements. The north wall of the chancel bears an inscription to the children of Sir John Wray who died in 1613 and 1615. Wray was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1648. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.

Key Features

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

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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