Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire Churches

St Mary & Nicholas, Chetwode

C of E - Claydon Deanery
Local Authority to 2020:
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Local Authority UA:
Bucks UA (Buckingham & Villages)
Address of Church:
Chetwode (4 miles SW of Buckingham)
Nearest Post Code:
MK18 4LB
O/S Map Reference/NGR:
SP 64048 29798
Latitude & Longitude:
51.96298, -1.06924  Google Map
CofE ACNY Web Site:

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Notes on Church:
The church is a remarkable survival cared for by a very small community. Although the tower and entrance might look routine, the interior reveals itself as the surviving chancel of a former Priory church. The carved stonework around the tall lancet windows at the East end is of remarkable quality and detail. The church has an assortment of fittings from various eras, but overall will always impress those who appreciate it, as a very special survival that has now stood for nearly 800 years. More...
The South and East walls of the church face the private gardens of Chetwode Priory, a house built on the site of the medieval priory buildings. However, thanks to the owner, I am able to show some photos I was able to take of those very beautiful sides of the church.

Introduction to Stained Glass:The Chancel of Chetwode church has 3 windows with stained glass. From the mid 13th century they must have been a spectacular sight, surrounding the Sanctuary of a Priory with a total of 11 tall lancets of colourful and ornately decorated glass in superbly carved stonework. We can still enjoy all the stonework, and some important remains of the old glass that is now gathered in the S window. In the E window is good 1842 glass which replicates the style of the original 13th century glass. More...
In the N window there is some glass of 1943 which must be unusual for being produced during WW2, but it is probably not on everybody's list of favourite glass.


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Thumbnail Code   Location Type Subject(s) Date Craftsmen
Details 01 East 5 lancets 12 apostles, Ascension, Cross, Adoration of the Magi, all on a Geometric design with many decorative roundels, and linking grisaille work. 1842 W Holland & Son
Details 02 Chancel S 3 lancets St John the Baptist, Archbishop, Coat of Arms of England (Henry III), Cross, St Peter, Virgin Crowned, St Nicholas. c1250 to 14th century
Details 11 Chancel N 3 lancets St George slaying a dragon. 1943 Leonard Walker
Robert Pearce

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