Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire is a project launched in 2018, with only a few churches included at the moment.


St Nicholas, Great Kimble

Denomination:
C of E - Wendover Deanery
Local Authority to 2020:
Wycombe District Council
Local Authority UA:
Bucks UA (North West Chilterns)
Building Location:
Aylesbury Road, Great Kimble (2 miles NE of Princes Risborough)
Nearest Post Code:
HP17 0XS
O/S Map Reference/NGR:
SP 82550 05969
Latitude & Longitude:
51.74634, -0.80569  Map
CofE ACNY Web Site:

For details of this church on our "Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire Churches" website, please click here


Notes on Stained Glass:We show 18 windows. 9 of them are examples of 15 windows with Geometric Pattern glass, that share similar styles and colours. We estimate they were fitted around 1880 during the church's restoration.

Introduction to Church:Significant parts of the church date from the 13th and 14th cenuries. The building, particularly the exterior, was heavily restored by John Pollard Seddon in the late 1870s. A particularly notable feature of the church is its large and finely detailed Norman 'Aylesbury' font.

 

Initially this page has just a few images of this church, more information will be added in the future.

 

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Exterior from South East, inside gate.

 

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Exterior from North.

 

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Interior looking East.

 

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Interior looking West.

 

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The splendid 850 year old "Aylesbury Font", which I have always regarded as the finest example, on its plinth in the centre of the Nave, surely the most striking and memorable feature of the church. It is also the reason that the church has Grade I listed status. (but now moved, see below)


2019 update.

In 2018, St Nicholas's church was re-ordered to provide modern facilities at the west end of the church. The project had been proposed for many years, and also involved replacing the pews in the Nave. The scheme does provide the facilities in a sympathetic and tasteful way. As part of the work, the font was taken off the plinth it had stood on for the previous 140 years, and moved from the centre of the Nave to underneath an arch of the North Arcade.

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This is the new-look nave with new seating, and the font moved off to the right.

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Here is the font under the North Arcade, with the narrow North Aisle on the left. It is now far more difficult to see the details of the font, and to appreciate the incredible craftsmanship of its makers of 850 years ago. When I took this photo on New Year's Day 2019, the font was surrounded by chairs, and looked rather hidden away.

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