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Sulgrave, St James

Sulgrave, St James

The church, like the village is indelibly linked to the family of George Washington. Lawrence Washington bought the manor here in 1540 and this is where the family remained until 1659.

In the church you will find the memorial to Lawrence (d. 1584) and his wife. As too is the 17th century open bench, the family pew and Washington heraldic stained glass decorates the east window of the south aisle to symbolise the long peace between America and Britain the union jack and stars and stripes hang in the north aisle.

Of the earlier church elements to survive are a Saxon triangle headed doorway which you will find at the base of the tower. There are a clutch of good early 18th century war monuments and a very large 16th century iron bound chest. The church was restored by S.P. St. Aubyn in 1884-5 and shortly afterwards the splendid organ, recently restored by J.J. Binns of Leeds was acquired.

Please refer to the Glossary for any terms in the text that you are unfamiliar with.

Contact & Opening Times

Sulgrave, St James, Church St, Sulgrave, Banbury, OX17 2RP|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church is normally locked, see below for contact details.


The church lies close to a Country House which offers a restaurant and is open to the public. For opening times, please look at the Historic Houses section of our website under Sulgrave.


Contact Details

Key obtainable from the Hon. Verger Peter White – 01933 353214


Joanna Smyth-Osbourne 

Email: [email protected]

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