St Thomas’ Church, East Shefford

St Thomas’ Church, East Shefford

Alabaster nobles and wall paintings in a rural idyll

This simple little church, with pre-Norman origins, stands in an idyllic spot beside a water meadow next to the River Lambourn.

Its village has long since vanished, but the spirit of the villagers shines through in the church’s simple craftsmanship, glorious Medieval wallpaintings and fabulous tombs. The alabaster statue of local noble Sir Thomas Fettiplace lies alongside that of his wife and gives a rare glimpse of fifteenth-century fashion.

Look out for the lovely Norman tub font, an early Medieval tomb, and fragments of early stained glass.

Park outside the large gates to the estate (signposted “church parking”). Walk through the pedestrian gate onto the estate, over the bridge and take the right hand turn at the junction. Access to estate via a standard door width pedestrian gate which leads to a gravelled lane. Access to churchyard is via kissing gate. There are no steps.

Key available from box adjacent to gate