Ludlow Palmers
helping to conserve the fabric and treasures of St Laurence's
A Tour of St Laurence's

A Brief History

Most of the Church you see today dates from 1199-1470.

The site of St Laurence's was of religious or ritual significance in the pre-Christian era. A burial mound was removed in 1199. There may have been a church on the site in the Saxon period but the evidence for this is entirely conjectural. more...

The exterior

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The Nave

As you enter St Laurence's by the South Door, start by standing at the west end near the font and take in the sheer scale of this beautiful building.

What you see is mainly the result of the remodelling of the Church undertaken between 1433 and 1450. more...

The Chancel

The Chancel is the liturgical focus of the Church. To the viewer at the West Door the Perpendicular architecture of the whole is designed to lead the eye to it.

As you enter under the Rood Screen the vertical emphasis of the windows gives a feeling of great space and calm. more...

St John's Chapel

In the later middle ages the Chapel of St John was the chapel of the Palmers' Guild. The Guild's dedication to St John and the Virgin Mary dates from the early 14th Century.

The lower parts of the north and east walls are those of the church of 1199, but the remainder dates from the 15th Century rebuild. more...

The Lady Chapel

St Catherine's Chapel

The Windows

St Laurence's has very interesting stained glass much of it dating from the 15th Century. This mini-tour of the windows starts at the south porch and proceeds clockwise around the Church. But the windows are also referred to in the general tour. more...

Monument to Ambrosia Sidney

The Monuments

St Laurences contains monuments to prominent local people some of them of national importance. These pages describe the most significant of them.

In the 16th Century, the Chancel more...

The organ