Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

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

St Mary, Amersham

Important Church Note:
Church is in Old Amersham
C of E - Amersham Deanery
Local Authority to 2020:
Chiltern District Council
Local Authority UA:
Bucks UA (Amersham)
Building Location:
Church Street, Amersham
Nearest Post Code:
O/S Map Reference/NGR:
SU 95805 97377
Latitude & Longitude:
51.66701, -0.61611  Map
Church Web Site:
CofE ACNY Web Site:

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Notable Features:
13CTransepts, which are the most significant survivals from the 13C. Image shows an original 13C narrow lancet window in the W wall of the S Transept.
15CFont, moved from Norfolk to replace Preedy's font. The font was removed from Crownthorpe church, which was being converted to a house in the 1980s.
PerpW Tower and N Chapel. The Arch of the W doorway is easily recognised for its Perpendicular style.
PerpS Porch Vault. Well known for the dog and pig corbels above the windows.
†1636Monument to Henry Curwen (aged 14). Sculptor was Edward Marshall.
†1654Monument to William Drake.
†1698 made 1725Monument to Montague Drake. Sculptor was Andrew Carpenter. (Signed by Carpenter).
†1714 & †1730Monument to George Bent and his mother.
†1727Monument to Charles Eeles.
†1730Monument detailing bequests of Elizabeth Bent. An unusual "Bequest Board" in marble rather than the usual timber.
†1850Monument to Edward Weller. Sculptor was Samuel Manning.
1870-2Restoration. Extensions were added to N & S sides, and the church was re-faced with flints. Architect was Frederick Preedy.
1870-2Rebuilding 14C Arcades and Chancel Arch. Architect was Frederick Preedy.
1870-2Timber Vault of Chancel. Architect was Frederick Preedy.
1870-2Pulpit. Designer was Frederick Preedy.
1888Tower restored as a memorial to Thomas Tyrwhitt-Drake, †1888. The tower was not re-faced with flints until 16 years after the rest of the church.
1960sInterior refurbished, including floor and painting. Designer was Sebastian Comper.
1971N Chapel Reredos. Designer was Sebastian Comper.
1975Royal Arms (Elizabeth II) Plaster (2.5 ft square).
The many Monuments in the Drake Chapel have not yet been listed here.
1728The Drake Chapel was built for family monuments, with a Vault below. It was initially built to house a large monument for Montague Garrard Drake.
1811The Drake Chapel was doubled in size, extending it far beyond the E end of the Chancel. The side walls are blank, to accommodate more wall monuments.
Images of some of the Notable Features in St Mary, Amersham

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