Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire                                                              Photos by Hetty

21st June 2019            A visit with Stroud U3A Church History and Architecture Group to St Mary Magdalene, Baunton

The nave and chancel of the church were built about 1150 by the monks of Cirencester Abbey

It has a double bell-cote

The hinges on the door date from about 1500

When you enter the church you see a huge 14th or 15th century wall painting of St Christopher, which was discovered and restored during Victorian times. This saint’s image was common in churches in medieval times.

12th century chancel arch

Protected by curtains is a 15th century embroidered altar frontal with double-headed eagles.


15th century reredos behind the alter – originally part of the rood screen and 16th century font bowl on Norman base

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