On a recent holiday to the Cotswolds we spent some time in the picturesque village of Bibury in Gloucestershire. One of the places we had a look around was St Mary’s Church, a Grade I listed building.
The date of the first church on the site is unknown, though probably around 740AD, and it still retains many features from the 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th centuries as well as Norman and Saxon. Outside for instance we were struck by the table tombs from the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which had barrel tops which we’d never seen before. (Google failed to help me understand their history, if anyone knows more about them, let me know).
Inside you can see areas of the Saxon church after it had been extended during the Norman period and some quite lovely stained glass windows. The first one below was designed in 1927 and features on the Royal Mail Christmas stamp set in 1992.
It’s a lovely little church and well worth a look around if you’re in Bibury.
You can find some more photos here.