St. Mary the Virgin Church
St. Mary the Virgin Church
4.5

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Caroline T
Farnham, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A small church but with exquisite detail in the pre-reformation brasses, stone carvings, alabaster effigy of Chaucer's granddaughter, beautiful detail carving in an enormous font cover. Apparently a local grandee stopped Henry VIII's thugs destroying what was in the church - lucky for us! Well worth visiting even though it is out of the way. There are pretty almshouses attached around whose courtyards you can wander. Visit the Village shop and tea rooms nearby for a good range of cakes with your tea/coffee.
Written 30 October 2019
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marianm360
Fife, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A beautiful old church steeped in history, with a beautiful cloisters, with square & almshouses. Set in a picture post card village. A lovely old school also nearby.
Written 30 October 2019
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
I love to wonder around local churches, and this one is stunning, the stonework is pretty and the grounds well kept. Inside is airy and bright. Very nice church
Written 4 October 2019
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Ang01622
Maidstone, UK241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A very old village church with a link to the Chaucer family. We enjoyed visiting the church and wandering through the graveyard, both around the church and the other across the road. But the surprise was the beautiful cloisters surrounded by the almshouses. The school is also part of this complex of medieval buildings. The Duchess of Suffolk, Alice Chaucer, granddaughter of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, built and founded Ewelme School in 1437 (according to the school website) and a primary school still exists there.
Written 14 September 2019
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Jeremy G
York, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
The church of St Mary, Ewelme is chiefly notable as the burial place of Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk (d. 1465), Geooftey Chaucer's granddaughter, who built the medieval almshouses which adjoin the church -- there are steps up from the almshouse leading to a passageway that connects with the west door of the church. The church is largely fifteenth century and there is a very fine angel roof to the St John the Baptist chapel which served as Alice Chaucer's chantry. The chapel walls are painted with the sacred IHS monogram -- Alice Chaucer had a particular devotion to the holy name of Jesus. There is a lot of good carving in the church and a number of late medieval brass memorials. The tomb of Alice is a transi-tomb -- there is a figure of Alice as a decaying corpse lying below the main effigy of Alice as in life. Angels bearing family arms line the sides of the tomb.
Written 13 April 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
So much to see in a this glorious church. It has a magnificent alabaster tomb and memorial to Geoffrey Chaucer's granddaughter, Alice de Pole who became the Duchess of Suffolk. There's a fascinating chart showing the evolution of her family coat of arms. The carved wooden font cover is a wonder, absolutely beautiful. The wall frescoes in the side chapel and above the alabaster memorial create a true impression of the age of the church. The wooden ceiling is decorated with angels. Outside, the churchyard is full of interesting tombstones. Linked to the church are a row of mediaeval Almshouses, which are worth the visit alone.
Written 23 October 2017
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Lilibet53
Rickmansworth, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We happened by Ewelme whilst visiting Wallingford (worth a visit too). It is a lovely old church, beautiful stained glass and there is a cloister of alms houses attached, not to be missed. Worth a detour.
Written 2 July 2017
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Kevin B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
There are lots to see both inside and outside - the known famous items that will have first attracted you here but also lots, lots more. You can also make a short walk of it into the village.
Written 22 June 2017
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Frankly Speaking
Oxford, England54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
You don't have to have any religious faith to appreciate this marvellous old church. It's quite simply stunning for all its history, its almshouses and its situation in a beautiful old village.

If you're in the area, don't miss it!
Written 24 May 2017
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Susan R
Sevenoaks25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
I had read about this church with it's mediaeval connections and we had quite a drive to find it but it was so worth it.
Stunning. Both outside and in. Even my atheist husband was impressed and in awe.
We are intending to retire to Suffolk, but this church could well change our mind.
Written 21 September 2016
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