St Stephen

A pure unaltered 13th century Early English church with broached spire.

About this church

Situated in a rural conservation area.

There is a rare Sheela na Gig laying on its side in the corbel table at the top of the tower. The windows are 13th century lancets with simple coloured glass surrounding the leaded lights. Inside the church a medieval wall paining (an infant wrapped in foliage) is partially visible in the south aisle. The bells were cast in Stamford by the Norris family, in 1618 and 1630. The east boundary wall is topped with Medieval coffin lids.

Etton's most famous resident was Daniel Defoe whose uncle is buried in the churchyard.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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