Eaton Socon Church, Bedfordshire

Although now swallowed up by St Neots, the village of Eaton Socon is actually older and once stood in a completely different county. When modern Cambridgeshire was created the border was shifted across to include Eaton Socon.

Although virtually nothing survives from the earliest structures a stone church certainly stood here by the 12th Century – only the font has survived. The majority of the rest is 14th or 15th Century, including the tower. All of this was renovated, inevitably, by the Victorians who did a fair job on this church compared to some others.

There doesn’t seem to be any remarkable history associated with the church, but it stands nearby the remains of Eaton Socon Castle (now just earthworks) and is near to the River Great Ouse which once formed the boundary between Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire and now provides some attractive local walks.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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