This is a building whose stones, timbers and glass has witnessed seven hundred years of joy, sorrows, celebrations and fascinating local history. Although dating from the late 13th century, there has actually been some form of church on the current site since Saxon times: we know that by 660AD Merowald, King of Mercia, had reserved Kingsland for his own use and soon after built his castle here. Signs of an earlier church are present within the existing building, which was begun around 1290, see if you can spot them!
Substantially larger than many other parish churches in the area, the church’s size is testament to the relatively large population of Kingsland at the time, and the increasing power and importance of Roger Mortimer III, of nearby Wigmore Castle, who was married to one Maude de Braose. It is thanks to Maude that we have our beautiful church: it was she, not her husband, who began the building work. She died in 1301, leaving the work to her son, Edmund. He died three years later, leaving his wife Margaret to supervise the end of the build. Maude’s coat of arms is displayed in the majestic 14th century east window.
The entire church is a treasure house, richly decorated with opulent memorials, a beautiful painted roof and stunning stained glass. Take a tour of the building using our excellent coloured guidebook, which provides information about the church’s history and its architectural design and ensures you won’t miss anything! This is a glorious church for visitors: every view provides an item of interest or beauty to wonder at, and the sense of peace pervading the magnificent space provides moments of unadulterated calm.
Leave the building feeling lifted, and head across the village green for a warm welcome in the coffee shop or two local pubs.
We hope to welcome you to Kingsland very soon!