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St Laurence

St Laurence is the parish church for Winslow, an ancient market town in Buckinghamshire.

Winslow, Buckinghamshire

Opening times

Open every day between 10am and 5pm.


Church Walk
MK18 3BJ

The building has its Norman origins in 12th century when it was a part of the estate of the Abbey at St Albans but being gradually enhanced by several architectural styles over the following four centuries, it is now a Grade II* architectural gem in the Diocese of Oxford.

The tower was an early addition followed by wider side aisles with Perpendicular arches, followed later by larger windows, many of which now house stained glass, and two small chapels. With its three-stage battlemented bell tower and chiming clock playing three hourly the tune of Old St David, it is a focal point at the centre of the town of Winslow. Amongst the picturesque streets of the town which include several buildings from Tudor, Stuart and Georgian times, the church stands out as a major historical and architectural feature of the area. The large nave accommodates a congregation of at least 250 with a choir of over 40 and, regularly well attended, the church holds over 400 services each year; it is also a popular venue for weddings, concerts and other events.

Internally, there are some unusual features; fragments of 15th century wall paintings include the Virgin Mary wielding the Sword of Judgement, the martyrdom of St Thomas of Canterbury and St Christopher carrying the infant Christ .There are small brasses to Thomas Figge, 1578 and to Dorothy Barnard, 1634: the wooden pulpit which dates from the 17th century though reduced in height during the extensive restoration of the 1880s, is a rare example of its kind. The fine 15th century south porch with its battlemented parapet, finials and 4-centred arch to the front also has a small statue to St Laurence. The excellent organ, recently restored, is now sought after by organists for recitals. By licence of the Diocese, the church also now welcomes the twice weekly services of the local Roman Catholic community.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Wifi

  • There are many special events shown on the church's website.

  • Church of England

  • Gateway Grant, £3,333, 2022

  • Our Gateway Grants fund churches developing building projects and also urgent maintenance and repair projects to help keep churches open.

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