St Wendredas Church

St Wendreda's Church, Church Street, March

St. Wendreda Church, world famous for its magnificent double-hammer beam roof along with 120 carved angels

St Wendreda’s Church is the only known Church to be dedicated to the saint, an Anglo Saxon princess who lived in March during the 7th century and who dedicated most of her life to ministry and healing. A papal indulgence enabled the Church to be rebuilt in 1343 when it became a shrine and place of pilgrimage, it was then that medieval carvers began work on making the Church spectacularly beautiful.

Until the 19th century, St Wendreda was a chapel-of-ease of Doddington. Mainly 14th and 16th century, it stands attractively in a large churchyard and has a fine steeple. The church has a stunning double hammerbeam roof with 120 carved angels. It is of international importance as exemplifying later medieval wood craftsmanship and was recently described as the finest English angel roof. Sir John Betjeman said that St Wendreda was worth cycling 40 miles in a head wind to see.

 

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