St Gregory And St Martin's Church, Wye Church

Image Source: John Salmon


A very strange church, the result of the collapse of a tall central tower in 1686. The nave of the medieval church survives almost intact, while the chancel has been constructed from the remains of the central crossing of the thirteenth-century church, and a new tower built. The nave is tall and light, and contrasts well with the short narrow apsed chancel that now contains mural tablets to the Sawbridge and Drax families who lived at Olantigh. The reredos is plain early eighteenth-century work and ties in nicely with the dark oak panelling. The choir stalls which stand in the nave were a thanksgiving memorial for the life of President Kennedy. The west window, which represents Christ in Majesty, is set into plain glass and was designed by Gerald Smith in the 1950s. It is an object lesson in how good glass of this period could be.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: No return

Morning Attendance: 50 estimate

Afternoon Attendance: 100 estimate

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1878

Second Restoration: -




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