Millbrook Church, Bedfordshire

Although the Church of St. Michael and All Angels at Millbrook is actually quite venerable the thing that more than anything else demands your attention is its position – 360 feet above sea level on one of the highest points in central Bedfordshire (the county’s highest point is at Dunstable Downs).

A church already existed here when it was granted to St. Albans Abbey in the early 11th Century, the monks left here in the 12th Century and set up a Benedictine Priory at Clophill.

The earliest surviving feature at the church today dates to the reign of King John and is a small lancet window in the south aisle. The west end of the church with its tower close to the edge of the escarpment seems to date from the 14th Century which most of the remainder including much of the nave is 15th Century, presumably replacing something that had stood before. It seems highly probable that the church was connected to the Knights Templar/Hospitaller who were very active in the area and had a Temple at Millbrook.

The modern porch is a rebuild of the older one and is by William Butterfield and dates to the 19th Century.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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