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The Parish Church of St John Baptist stands out on Danbury ridge as a landmark whose spire is visible from the A12 and from many local vantage-points. There has been a church here from at least 1233, and probably considerably before that. The present church is a Grade 1 Listed Building.
There is much of interest to see inside the church, including the three famous wooden effigies of the Crusader “Knights of Danbury”. The interior is largely Victorian, deriving from Gilbert Scott’s re-ordering in 1866. The unusual carved wooden creatures gracing the ornate pew-ends copy the style of the three remaining fifteenth-century pews to be seen just inside the church. More information about the building is available at the back of church.
We hope, when you visit us, you will have time to sit for a little while and absorb the unique stillness of Danbury Church. It is a lovely building in which to offer a quiet prayer. When the morning sun shines through the deep blues and reds of the glorious East Window (which shows the Birth of Jesus, rather than His Cross) the whole building becomes suffused with light. God’s presence never seems very far away.
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