Eaton Bray Church, Bedfordshire

A very handsome and very Bedfordshire 13th Century church in purest Early English style. It is often said to be one of the finest parish churches in the country.

One of the things that strikes you immediately is the elaborate ironwork on the south door. This is original and dates to the 13th Century, in the 1890s during restoration it was removed in one piece from the old rotten door and placed onto the new one by a local farm, Jeffrey Sharrett, thereby preserving it for posterity.

The Bray family held a lot of land in the area and many of the interior monuments relate to them. The roof was raised in the 15th Century and it is possible the tower was added at this time.

The chancel end of the church is slightly off centre, this is said to represent Christ’s head leaning on the cross.

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