Woburn, Bedfordshire

St. Mary's Church, Woburn, Bedfordshire

The newer of the two churches in Woburn, this one, was built by the 8th Duke of Bedford around 1865-68 in a location which was more useful for his seat at Woburn Abbey than the older church in the village. For a Victorian Gothick church, St. Marys is remarkable subtle. The architect was Henry Clutton who had recently won a competition to design a Cathedral in Lille - this was never completed and so Woburn Church was his consolation prize.

Originally the tower had a spire but it was demolished in 1890 for safety reasons. The interior is very much a "faux Cathedral" with round windows and no end of Cathedral-like architecture.

St. Marys is still part of the Woburn Estate but it also functions as the Parish Church for the village.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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