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Finedon, St Mary

Finedon, St Mary

Don’t give up on your search for this church. It is well worth the effort. You will find it at the far west end of the village overlooking countryside. A large building constructed of rich treacly iron stone which was quarried locally. Unusually it was built in one go during the early 1300’s although so ambitious in design there is a beautiful strainer arch had to be added across the nave circa. 1400. Look up here and you will discover a series of carved bosses in the nave ceiling including two lively heads of Green Men. It is not just the gothic architecture that would draw you here as the church contains a number of outstanding items. Foremost the 1704-5 organ built by Father Smith and his successor Christopher Shrider. It is decorated with the royal arms and may have originated at Windsor Castle but was given to the church in 1722. Recently restored and sounding well. The person responsible for bringing it here was Sir Gilbert Dolben (1658-1722), Tory politician and lawyer who had married the Mulso heiress of Finedon Hall which he rebuilt. The church is hung with portraits of his ecclesiastical ancestors and later vicars – a one off? The Dolben family are also responsible for the idiosyncratic buildings you will encounter in this large village. At the east end of the church you will find the Dolben vault. Peer down through the iron bars and you will see an array of marble monuments to their memory.

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Contact & Opening Times

Finedon, St Mary, Church Hill, Finedon, NN9 5NR|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church is open Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons 2.30 to 4pm.


Contact Details

Key obtainable by emailing [email protected] or contacting Mrs Read – 01933 680522

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