St Nicolas

A Victorian mock medieval village church with 1,400 years of history telling the tale of medieval baptisms and buried Saxon treasure.

About this church

There has been a Christian presence in Taplow since the 7th century when a Norman church was built at the top of Berry Hill. 

The old churchyard contains Teppa’s mound, a Saxon mound of archaeological significance where a rich horde of artefacts, including a gold belt buckle, were excavated and are now on display in the British Museum.

The Norman church was demolished in the 1820s and a new church built on the present site in the village a few years later. In 1865, the chancel was added at the east end, then around 1912 the rest of the church was substantially rebuilt with the copper spire added to the tower. Artefacts from the old church were brought to the new church including brass plaques and other brasses which are popular for brass rubbing. Including one of the earliest surviving brass memorials to a civilian in England, made in about 1350, which would place it during the Black Death.

The site of the original church is still accessible, in the grounds of Taplow Court, where a cross and some gravestones remain. Close to the original site is Bapsey Pool where Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester, baptised converts in the year 635.

Key Features

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

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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