Church of St Mary Magdalene
Visited by at least a dozen Kings and Queens, the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Geddington has been declared ‘The Most Interesting Parish Church in England’ by scholars and tourists. Behind it once stood the Palace of Geddington, site of several Parliaments held by Richard Lion Heart and Henry II, it was a home for Eleanor and Edward I, and stands over looking the finest remaining Eleanor Cross in England. The place her body lay in the church, the medieval square and 13th century bridge they knew and the Cortege passed through are all still remaining, surrounded by thatched cottages and other 17th century homes.
The original walls of the Saxon church still stand with their arcading, as amazingly, the Normans built their church around the Saxon one. Over a dozen aspects of the building are unique, including pagan Gods by the High Altar.
There are objects from over a thousand years of history to touch and see, and our guides are experienced with tours for children and the disabled. There are three pubs in the village and a tea shop/restaurant as well as a village shop. Picnic and children’s play area by the river, with a dozen local festivals each year.
Facilities: The church is ramped, has toilet facilities and with prior notice is open most times
Opening Times: There are generally church sitters keeping the building open on weekends, but it is a very busy church, with services during the weekdays and multiple Sunday services, so prior notice for tours is often necessary, but very easy to arrange.
Costs: Free Admission, though donations to the church are always appreciated.
For further information please visit: http://www.geddington.net