St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church, Bibury

St. Mary's Church
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Ian_and_Linda_10
London, UK34 contributions
Stunning church, well maintained gardens and graveyard!
Sep 2020
If I wished to be buried, which I do not at this stage, then this would be the church and surrounds I would request. Simply stunning. Look out for the gargoyles!!
Written 21 September 2020
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TAMEMBER101108
Portsmouth, UK127 contributions
Lovely
Sep 2020 • Couples
Tranquil, historical, friendly, immaculate, picturesque, a must do when in Bibury.
Remember to view the saxon gravestones, the originals are in the British Museum.
Written 18 September 2020
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Patricia D
Madrid, Spain5,344 contributions
Beautiful. Don’t just get to see Arlington Row,must visit!
Nov 2019 • Solo
There is church service every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday at 11.

Five minutes away from The Swan and the tourist Arligton Row is this church that was probably built shortly after Bishop Wilfrith of Worcester granted the estate to Earl Leppas and his daughter Beaga (721 - 743 AD). The village became known as Beagan-byrig, or Beaga's enclosure, but over centuries the name gradually turned into Bibury.
It was certainly at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, when the manor and church were owned by St Mary's Priory in Worcester. In 1130 the estate passed to Osney Abbey, near Oxford, and it remained so until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The original Saxon church was quite small, probably consisting of just a nave and small chancel. In the Norman period, the nave was lengthened and aisles added, and in the 13th century, the Gothic chancel arch was inserted to replace the rounded Saxon arch. This gives the current arch its peculiar profile, with Saxon jambs and capitals flanking a pointed arch, which breaks through a Saxon string course high on the wall.

The north door has narrow pillars with carved capitals and there is a narrow caved frieze round the top of the door. Entry is through the south door. Solid Norman round pillars support slightly pointed arches. Some of these have fine chevron carving.
The doorway is a beautifully carved piece of Norman craftsmanship, built about 1180. It has a plain tympanum which has been rather oddly cut to create a trefoil pattern over the door, which is now blocked.

In the 15th century the tower was raised and a new timber roof built.
A Saxon gravestone has been incorporated into the north wall which you can still see. Four similar Saxon slabs were given to the British Museum, although some other are still kept inside the church.

There is an unusual 13th century square font, supported on four octagonal corner legs and a fifth central leg, each adorned with a pair of trefoil arches; and a medieval glass.
The north Chancel wall of the Church is home to a stained glass window which was designed in 1927 by Karl Parsons -associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, also responsible for a glass window at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh-. It was featured in the 1992 Christmas stamp set issued by the Royal Mail.
I also found very peculiar a carved priest's chair with carvings of the crucifixion with praying figures on either side.
Written 31 May 2020
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rooikoptraveler
panama.141 contributions
Lovely Church yard
Aug 2019
A very pretty churchyard with lovely tombstones.a great photo spot.the Church is lovely and peaceful.
Written 21 August 2019
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valwilliams27
Liverpool, UK13 contributions
Sightseeing
Aug 2019 • Couples
Beautiful church set in the quaint village of Bibury. Ground stunning and well kept. Perfect for a period drama.
Written 11 August 2019
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK12,380 contributions
Beautiful and Interesting Church
Jul 2019 • Friends
This church is one of the best attractions in Bibury sitting on the east end of the village .
There has been a church on this site since 8th century ad and there are many Saxon Stones in the church and the church is a Grade 1 listed Savon Church .There are many fine stained glass windows and the graveyard has many gravestones of a fair age .
Written 26 July 2019
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thepoppits
Leeds, UK101 contributions
Worth a visit if you love roses
Jun 2019 • Couples
A quaint little church with stunning David Austin standard roses adorning the pathways in the graveyard. Well worth a visit
Written 10 June 2019
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TravellingTexans14
Corpus Christi, TX120 contributions
Grace and Peace
May 2019 • Couples
We stopped at Bibury and enjoyed a stroll through town. As we walked about, we saw the church tower and walked up the street and over the hill to see this beautiful and historic church up close.

It is accompanied by a local cemetery that further adds a sense of reverence and history that makes you pause and think of the importance a local church plays in the life of a town and its residents.

If you are in Bibury, take a moment to see the church and maybe say a prayer while you're there.
Written 23 May 2019
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CEH
Woking, UK217 contributions
Typical village church
Apr 2019 • Family
Don’t forget to visit the local church. It has an interesting entrance gate to start with. Inside the church you will find tombs dating back to the 1600’s
Written 30 April 2019
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TAMEMBER101108
Portsmouth, UK127 contributions
Beautiful church
Apr 2019 • Couples
Well worth a visit. So peaceful, and full of history. I was not aware that the Saxon gravestones were replicas, with the original in the British museam.
Written 6 April 2019
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