All Saints Church – Tour

All Saints Church is one of the finest Saxon churches in the country, and a Grade 1 listed building. It dates to the 10th century, with some extensions over the following five centuries. Follow me on a tour round…..

All Saints lychgate, Wing Buckinghamshire

The main entrance to the church, looking from Church Street past the lychgate.

All Saints Church, Wing Buckinghamshire

Once through the gate, you can admire the church properly (from the south-east). At the base of the apse (which dates from the ninth century and is the only complete Anglo-Saxon apse in England), you can make out the top of the external doorway to the crypt below.

All Saints eastern churchyard

Turn to your right and look out across the eastern section of the churchyard.

All Saints churchyard and War Memorial

Continuing on down the path, you see the section of the churchyard that contains the War Memorial to your left.

All Saints Church, Wing Buckinghamshire

The south side of the church.

All Saints Church south porch entrance

You might venture over to take a closer look at the south porch entrance.

All Saints tower, Wing Buckinghamshire

Then the 15th-century tower grabs your attention. It’s not yet time for the six bells to ring out.

All Saints churchyard, Wing Buckinghamshire

Before going inside, you take a peek at the churchyard to the rear of the church. The section to the left of the path now extends down to the newer section of the graveyard.

All Saints interior, Wing Buckinghamshire

Walking across and taking a seat in a pew, you gaze forward at the chancel. How many generations of your ancestors sat where you now are?

All Saints nave

How many brides from your family walked down the nave of this church on their wedding day?

All Saints interior with pipe organ

If you look up, you may see the carved angels on the oak beams stretching across the ceiling, and below them the restored Anglo-Saxon window. Looking behind you towards the west of the church, you can see the restored 1864 pipe organ on its raised platform.

Thomas Cotes memorial in All Saints Church, Wing Buckinghamshire

One of the more heart-warming memorials in the church is to “honest old Thomas Cotes”, porter at Ascott Hall, from 1648.

Sir Robert Dormer tomb, Wing Buckinghamshire

One of the more distinctive memorials is this one to Sir Robert Dormer in the north aisle.

Dormer memorial, Wing Buckinghamshire

Other large memorials to the Dormer family lie in the chancel.

Dormer memorial, Wing Buckinghamshire

As well as the Dormer memorials, there are of course several other memorials inside the church, including a brass plaque on the lecturn in memory of Alexander Lowe Webster, long-time baliff of the Rothschild estate at Ascott, and George and Charlotte Draper, both churchwardens of the church.

Lychgate at All Saints, Wing Buckinghamshire

When finally you leave the church grounds you pass through the lych-gate again. A brass memorial to vicar Francis Henry Tatham inside the church records that “the lych gate entrance to the Churchyard in which they [Tatham and wife Bertha] lie was erected [in 1920] by their many friends in order to perpetuate the memory of their saintly lives and devoted ministrations in this parish”.

External Links

Buckinghamshire Stained Glass – has photos and details of seven stained glass windows of All Saints Church

Martin Beek on Flickr – lovely photos picking out details on some of the tombs within All Saints

Buckinghamshire Church Photos – has two photos of the church including the north side

Felstead Peal Records – has details of the bell peals of All Saints – contact All Saints for queries re gravestones in the church grounds