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ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH

St Stephen's Church

The parish church (seen here in the 1960s with members of the Archer and Forrest family) was built on the site of an early Seventh century church, and was consecrated in 1281. It is quite a melange of differing periods, including features of the Saxon, late Norman, Early English and Perpendicular styles, which over the centuries have blended into a picturesque and archetypal English village church, much appreciated by visitors to Ambridge and villagers alike.

The charming font is believed to have been a gift to the church by King Edward I. Two of the carved heads may be images of the generous donor, Edward "Longshanks", and his wife Queen Eleanor of Castille.

The South transept - the Lawson Chapel - dates from the early sixteenth century. The Lawsons (later Lawson-Hopes) were Lords of the Manor until 1954. One fine window is a memorial to the tragic early death in 1955 of the daughter of another - albeit much later established - local landowner, Grace Archer (née Fairbrother).

 

 


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