The earliest church in Bakewell dates from Anglo Saxon times. However, there were probably Christians here long before then, very likely they were among the Roman settlers from the 2nd century onwards. Under pressure from invaders, the Christian faith largely died out, but was brought back to the Anglo Saxon kingdom of Mercia in the late 7th century by pioneering missionary bishops who built a number of 'minster' churches. Bakewell was one of these.
Set in a lovely rural hamlet on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, grade I listed All Saints is a gem of a church, with a wonderful chancel and its connections with Italy.
As one of England's largest parish churches, All Saints rivals many cathedrals in size. With its stunning gothic style architecture, the eminent art historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described it as 'a church as out of the ordinary for scale as for style'.
One of the most important examples of Anglo Saxon in Britain and certainly the largest. The church dates from the late 8th / early 9th century.
Welcome to our quintessential English parish church, surrounded by greenery and lovingly cared for. All Saints has been described as 'the church among the trees' and certainly lives up to visitors expectations!
The first known reference to the village is in 1070 as Stantona, an enclosed settlement of stoney ground. The Doomsday Book of 1086 refers to Stantune and the name Longstanton was in use in 1282.
Faldingworth, All Saints has been adapted since the 13th century. The Polish Air Force and Royal Air Force served nearby at the former RAF Faldingworth and this is commemorated throughout the church including in a stained glass window and the porch gates.
The inside arcades are 13th century and both are of four bays with low double chamfered arches. The octagonal font was originally square and is a link with Norman times.
This beautiful atmospheric church dates back to the 12th century, but it was during the reign of Henry VIII that All Saints gained notoriety. Visit the church and learn about Thomas Retford, who courageously gave his life for opposing the king's destruction of the monasteries.
The church of All Saints at Londesburgh is an historian's treasure; a wonderful historic building with a plethora of intriguing artefacts and associations with the great and the good. The first record of a church was in the early 12th century, when the powerful Herbert the Chamberlain granted it to his son, William (St William of York). The most likely building date is between 1110-1130, and is seems likely that Herbert himself built the church.