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St Michael & All Angels

This 'Church in the Park' has it all, from forged Tudor effigies, a hidden wedding ring for use in emergencies, to the only known example of a memorial by a reigning English monarch to a subject

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

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St Michael & All Angels, Hughenden Parish Church
Hughenden Park
HP14 4TD

Tucked just inside the gates of Hughenden Manor, home of the Victorian politician and author, Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, is the lovely church of St Michael and All Angels.

Disraeli and members of his family are remembered on a rather modest memorial found against the east wall. Although greatly restored by the Victorians, the church has 12th century origins and on entering through the door can be found a beautiful 13th century Early English tub font.

On the wall nearby can be found an interesting old key which once opened the church door. A small iron ‘wedding ring’ can be seen set into the design of the key and this was used in wedding ceremonies for the poor of the parish, who could not afford to buy a wedding ring of their own. Gaze up towards the chancel to witness the colourful and richly decorated chancel and a finely carved pulpit, products of the Victorian age. On the north wall of the chancel, behind the pulpit, is the monument erected by Queen Victoria to Disraeli. It is unique: the only known example of a memorial by a reigning English monarch to a subject.

Nearby can be found Disraeli's Banner and Insignia of the Order of the Garter which were transferred to Hughenden on Queen Victoria's orders. Most interesting perhaps are the effigies that rest within the chapel. Accessed through a small door, behind the organ are several ancient tombs and effigies of knights, members of the Wellesborne family. However on closer inspection, several can be seen to be forgeries and it is believed these were created on purpose to try to establish a link between the family and Simon de Montfort, 14th century Earl of Leicester.

On top of its rich past, this vibrant and active church is at the heart of the local community. Its services cater for young and old alike, with a wonderful mix of contemporary and traditional worship and a wide variety of regular, fun social activities. It does a wonderful job of fulfilling its mission: to live in, love and serve its parish.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Car park at church

  • Dog friendly

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • The church always has a wider variety of events and activities in its calendar : visit the website or get in touch to find out more.

  • Church of England

  • Heritage Stimulus Fund Grant, £96,072, 2021

  • Repairs to bell tower.

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