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St Mary

St Mary’s is a beautiful church, in a beautiful setting and many people come from far and wide to enjoy the building, its history, and its sense of peace and tranquillity.

Buckden, Cambridgeshire

Opening times

The church is open every day between 9am - 5pm and can be opened at other times by arrangement
Visitors are always welcome, and we have excellent facilities for hospitality


Church Street
PE19 5TL

Buckden church was recorded in 1086, in the Domesday Book, within the jurisdiction of the Bishops of Lincoln, whose palace stands a few metres to the north; and from Saxon until Georgian times it was well endowed by them.

No traces of the Saxon church survive, although there are a few remnants from late Norman times. The structure of the church today is almost unchanged from when it was rebuilt between 1435 and 1440 by Bishops Gray and Alnwick of Lincoln; only the pews would be unfamiliar to them.

The porch was added around 1485 and the vestry and organ were replaced in the 1880s. The last major work, involving the stripping of the interior and exterior plaster and the installation of new pews, was completed in 1909.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Car park at church

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

Contact information

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