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.
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 castle church, also known as the Church of the Reformation, is a Protestant church that is considered the starting point of the Reformation, after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses there on October 31, 1517. From 1490 to 1515, Frederick the Wise had his entire palace rebuilt. In 1496, the castle church was added as the north wing and consecrated in 1503. Since 1996, this church has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The All Saints' Church was originally part of the Cistercian monastery of Sedlec, founded in 1142. The church was restored in the early 18th century in Baroque style. When the monastery was abolished in 1784, the building was bought by aristocrats (Schwarzenberg family) who gave the interior of the church its present appearance.
The present church is from about 1400 but there is ample evidence of an earlier 12th century Norman church. The outward appearance is perpendicular but inside is something unique to English parish churches. Described by Nicholas Pevsner as ‘one of the architectural sensations of Cumberland'.
All Souls was completed in 1880 as a memorial to Walter Farquhar Hook, the Vicar of Leeds who was responsible and famous for the growth of Anglicanism in the city. George Gilbert Scott, perhaps the greatest ecclesiastical architect of the time, designed All Souls on a grand scale, having in mind the nave of one of the great Yorkshire abbeys. He died two days after completing his plans, his design being then carried out by his son, John Oldrid Scott.
The Protestant church of Allna is one of the listed half-timbered churches in Hesse. Built in 1782 by Johann Georg Blecher, it is topped by a ridge turret. The west portal is richly carved.
At the beginning of the 14th Century a small hall church was initially erected. In order to defeat the many attacks the chancel is heightened and provided with machicoulis at the beginning of the 16th century. At the end of the same century, a wall boasting four defensive towers oriented towards the four cardinal points surround the church. The first floor of the bell tower was habitable, equipped with a smoke funnel. The second floor has small bays on every corner, each having three embrasures, a construction detail that can be found in Thuringia, Germany. Very interesting to visit is the gate tower, a massive structure on 5 levels, three of them equipped with defensive systems and a parapet walk on the highest level.