Please note that as of the 15th June our church is open during daylight hours for quiet, individual, prayer and contemplation.
Please be aware that you enter the church at your own risk, so it is your responsibility to take whatever precautions you consider appropriate, but as a minimum we ask that:
# upon arrival at church you make use of the hand sanitizer provided.
# common sense is used to maintain 2m social distancing from other people who may be using the church at the same time as you. There should be only one person to a pew, so if a particular pew is already occupied then please avoid the pews immediately in front or behind.
#you try to avoid touching surfaces and objects within the church.
# Please let us know ASAP if you have visited our building and subsequently develop symptoms of, or test positive for Covid19.
The Parish Church of Steventon is St Nicholas, situated some distance away from the village at the top of a small country lane opposite the site of the old manor House. St Nicholas was originally built around the year 1200 and, apart from some limited 13th, 15th and 19th century alterations, has stayed much the same since it was first built. The church is used regularly for worship and is well known for its associations with Jane Austen, born in Steventon in 1775, being the single most important building left standing in Steventon which relates to her. Her father George Austen, two of her brothers James and Henry, and her nephew William Knight were all Rectors of Steventon. Jane was baptized in St. Nicholas.
Some restoration work was carried out in Victorian times including the stained glass windows and much of the roof structure was rebuilt. The pews, pulpit, organ and choir stalls were added and the church was redecorated internally. The spire was also added. Recent renovation has lovingly restored some of the William Morris style decoration to the chancel arch and highlighted some Medieval wall paintings.