Eynesbury Church, Huntingdonshire

Eynesbury today feels like a suburb of St. Neots, but it was once a separate village and as such has its own parish church. Indeed, Eynesbury Church is much older than its larger neighbour in St. Neots as it was in place at the time of the Domesday Book.

The present church is no older than 1250, but as is so often the case it has been Victorianised later. One of the famed people buried here is the Eynesbury Giant, James Toller, who was buried within the church to stop body-snatchers removing his remains. At the time of his death in 1818 he was reported to be 8 feet, 1.5 inches tall!

Inside the church is the “Eynesbury Zoo” a series of carvings on the pew ends which depict animals and date back around 500 years.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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