St Francis of Assisi

The highlight of a visit is to the Sanctuary to view the fine triptych reredos with covered cornice and panels of saints and inscriptions recording incumbents and donors.

Shefford, Bedfordshire

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High Street
SG17 5DD

Shefford was the focus of Catholic continuity in Bedfordshire during the 18th century, and a chapel was built here as soon as it became legal to do so.

Part of that building is said to survive behind the present church, which dates from 1882-84 and was built from the designs of SJ Nicholl at the expense of Mrs Yolande Lyne-Stephens, a major benefactor of building projects in the Diocese of Northampton.

The church occupies a town centre location and with its contemporary adjacent presbytery and the former boys’ home forms a cleverly planned and important group of historic buildings at the heart of Shefford conservation area.

The church interior is richly furnished and little altered.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Catholic Church

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