St Mary & St Nicholas

In a remote part of northwest Buckinghamshire, this predominantly 13th century church stands almost alone, with only an old gabled stone house and farm buildings for company.

About this church

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the church and house (part of an Augustinian priory) was purchased by the Risley family, who incorporated the south transept into their house and demolished the nave. Their attempts to drive out the parishioners failed and the chancel became the parish church.

The present plain bell tower was built on the site of the nave and serves as a porch.

The church is wide, spacious and very much in the Early English style, as exemplified by the wonderful group of five lancets at the east end, and the two groups of three lancets a little to the north and south. Two of the southern lancets contain wonderful stained glass from the 13th and 14th centuries, notably lozenge shaped panels. The east window has 19th century glass in matching style.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

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

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