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St. Margaret's Church is thought to have been given to the Village by Sir William Keynell for the safe return from the crusade. It is unusually dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch. The church seems to have been rebuilt in the 15th century. The eastern part of the present nave, the tower arch and west wall is 13th century. The tower is a good example of 15th century with four pinnacles and gargoyles representing winged devils or dragons. Inside the church is the most spectacular Chancel arch screen made of beautiful local cotswold stone.
The South Aisle used to be a School and John Aubrey, historian (1626 - 1697) who lived nearby is said to have attended Latin classes there. At the end of the South Aisle is a stone stairway entered by a very small archway into a circular stone stairway which would have led to a stone pulpit and rood loft.
There is a bell tower with four bells which are rang each Sunday. We hold a cafe church every Tuesday morning and visitors are welcome. The church is open almost everyday and if not there is a number to contact on the door. The churchyard has some special tombs.
More recently we have done considerable improvements by adding in a new kitchen, vestry and disabled toilet. We have a fundraising campaign to put in a music and loop system. We have a very good electronic organ which sounds like the real thing. We are an active church and welcome all ages from the very tiny babies at Edward Bear right up to our more senior members. We offer lots of different types of services.
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