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Churches of the week 2021

Previously Featured Churches

St Peter & St Paul Church, Lavenham
Lavenham, Suffolk

26th March 2021

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham

Completed in 1525, this outstanding example of late medieval architecture was built by local merchants who made their fortunes in the woollen industry.

St Mary & St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street
Chester-le-Street, County Durham

19th March 2021

St Mary & St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street

Built as as wooden shrine to St Cuthbert in the early 9th century and home to the Lindesfarne community from 883-995 AD, the church is steeped in history and houses a copy of the earliest surviving translation of the gospels into early English.

All Saints Margaret Street, London
London, Greater London

12th March 2021

All Saints, Margaret Street, London

Tucked behind the bustle of Oxford Street can be found one of the foremost examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in Britain. It was here that architect William Butterfield created his masterpiece when he saw the possibilities of using coloured brick for making modern buildings that were both decorative and functional. The interior is even more richly decorated, with marble and tile marquetry.

St Sampson church, South Hill
South Hill, Cornwall

5th March 2021

St Sampson, South Hill

This delightful Cornish church was the first parish of Sir Jonathan Trelawney who rose to become Bishop of Bristol and, along with six other Bishops, was imprisoned in the Tower of London for three weeks for his petition against King James II's Declaration of Indulgence.

St Patrick Church, Llanbadrig
Llanbadrig, Anglesey

26th February 2021

St Patrick, Llanbadrig

High on the rocky cliffs of north Anglesey, this humble windswept church is said to be one of the oldest in Wales. Its origins lie in a dramatic story of shipwreck from around the year 440, not long after the Roman occupying army had left the country.

St Laurence, Ludlow
Ludlow, Shropshire

19th February 2021

St Laurence, Ludlow

12th century St Laurence’s has from some of the best medieval glass in the country, some of the finest misericords, and a collection of superlative memorials. No wonder it is known as “The cathedral of the Marches”.

St Mary church, Kempley
Kempley, Gloucestershire

12th February 2021

St Mary, Kempley

Standing forlorn in a field away from the village, this simple and unassuming Norman church has a chancel decorated with the most complete set of Romanesque frescos in northern Europe.

Rodel church
Isle of Harris , Western Isles

5th February 2021

St Clement, Rodel

Regarded as one of the finest late medieval churches on the Western Isles, St Clement's is famous for the superbly carved tomb of Alexander MacLeod of Harris, which depicts a magnificent array of hunting, sailing, and religious figures.

Great Witley, St Michael and All Angels church
Great Witley, Worcestershire

29th January 2021

St Michael & all Angels, Great Witley

Described as the 'Sistine chapel of the North', St Michael & All Angels is surely one of the finest Baroque churches in the country.

St Peter church, Barton on Humber
Barton on Humber, North Lincolnshire

22nd January 2021

St Peter, Barton on Humber

This remarkable historic church, complete with 10th century Saxon tower, medieval nave and chancel is also home to over 2,800 burials dating from Anglo-Saxon to Victorian times. It also has a skeleton from the reign of King Canute, restored to its original wooden coffin.

Inside Rotherham Chapel on the Bridge
Rotherham, Yorkshire

15th January 2021

Chapel of Our Lady on the Bridge, Rotherham

One of only four bridge chapels in England, the chapel has had a colourful history. As well as being a place of worship, it has been an almshouse, a tobacconist and even served for a period of time as Rotherham’s jail.