Cadeby: All Saints
A Church Near You: Cadeby, All Saints
Grade II* listed Cadeby Church dates from the 13th century but is perhaps most well-known for its 20th century links with Thomas the Tank Engine.
The Revd Teddy Boston, Rector of Cadeby from 1959 until his death in 1986, was the inspiration for The Fat Clergyman (not to be confused with The Fat Controller) who featured in two of the Thomas books, written by fellow clergyman, friend and steam enthusiast the Revd Wilbert Awdry.
There are many references to Mr Boston both inside and outside the church, including a stained glass east window installed in 1979, and he is included in a list of ministers dating from 1250.
Two internal stone bays from this earliest period survive, as does a part tile-hung tower built in a style more often found in the south of the country.
Cadeby Church is opened daily by village volunteers and visitors of all ages are welcome. A side aisle is used as a focus of prayer and contemplation, where prayer requests may be written and candles lit.
The churchyard is managed with wildlife in mind and includes designated creature-friendly habitats and a wildflower area.
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