Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire

Church of St. Mary with St. Benedict, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire

Although it cannot be said with any certainty it seems probable that St. Mary with St. Benedict stands on the site of Huntingdon’s Minster Church – a substantial church was discovered underneath this one during renovations which appeared to date to the late 11th/early 12th Century and seems likely to be the one mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The church which stands today was rebuilt at the tail end of the 13th Century. After the Black Death devastated the county of Huntingdonshire and turned Huntingdon into something of a ghost town the church was, oddly, enlarged once again.

By the 15th Century the church we see today had more or less taken form. Focus shifted to All Saints’ Church in the town centre as the parish church and St. Mary with St. Benedict became a secondary church, almost forgotten at the other end of town.

By the Victorian period the church was in very poor repair and so an extensive programme of restoration was undertaken which today gives the church more of a 19th Century appearance that belies its actual age.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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