Claydon Church, Buckinghamshire

All Saints Church stands immediately next to Claydon House (National Trust) in a remote part of Buckinghamshire. The church dates largely to the 13th and 14th Centuries with some rebuilding in the very early 16th by the Gifford family, at which point the priest’s door was added facing the library windows of Claydon House – allowing quick access to the church from the house.

The interior is dominated by monuments to the Giffords and Verneys, the two owners of Claydon House. The Gifford monuments date back as far as 1543. The Verneys are mostly a century or so later, including the grandiose monument to Sir Edmund Verney, the standard bearer of Charles I who was killed at Edgehill in 1642. In the 19th Century more Verney monuments were added. Pathenope Lady Verney (died 1890) was Florence Nightingale’s sister and Florence often visited Claydon House and it is reasonable to assume worshipped at All Saints.

The House has unusual opening hours, but the grounds are open most of the year round.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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