The History of a Medieval Parish Church


There are thousands of medieval churches in England, and they all have their unique story. But for all of them there are shared experiences: the Faith they celebrated; the Seasons of the Church’s Year; the clergy and their congregations; and the buildings and churchyards themselves. What was it like to enter a medieval parish church? How did people use them and how important were they to their communities? And what happened to English parish churches during the Reformation in the 16th century? How much of the past really survives in our present buildings? This talk hopes to provide answers to these, and other questions while celebrating the heritage we enjoy.