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Marston St Lawrence, St Lawrence

Marston St Lawrence, St Lawrence

A Church of 17th century surprises during the reign of Charles I. The rector here was Charles Chauncey who, falling foul of archbishop Laud, left for America to become President of Harvard. Slightly later in that century, William Blencoe was born here. He became the head of Charles 2nd’s secret service and was known as the Decipherer for his ability to crack codes.

His memorial lies amongst those of his family who line the walls of the chancel. At the other end of the church you will encounter the finest Jacobean screen in the county which is topped by highly curious figures. This medieval church was last restored by Donald Insall in the 1960’s. He was also responsible for the new tall crested canopy for the font. The other significant twentieth century work of art is the metal sculpture on the altar – a cross of nails banked by st Lawrence’s gridiron enliven by flames, this is by Louis Osman who lived close by at Canons Ashby and is perhaps best remembered for his gilt metal coronet which he designed for the prince Charles installation as prince of wales at Carnarvon castle.

The church stands in the middle of this delightful village where it is difficult to believe that the 20th century, indeed the M40, is just a few miles away.

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Contact & Opening Times

Main Street, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Banbury, OX17 2DA|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church is open during daylight hours.


Contact Details

Telephone: Rev Nicholas Leggett - 07925 419068

Mick Scott - 01295 712264


Email: [email protected]

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