Friday, 8 January 2021

Churches (86) : All Saints, Bow Brickhill

The first record of the All Saints, Bow Brickhill in Buckinghamshire is from 1185. The original church probably had an aisleless nave and chancel. The church was rebuilt in the fifteenth century. The West tower was added along with aisles on an extended nave. In the seventeenth century the church became dilapidated and was disused for nearly one hundred and fifty years.

The church was restored in the mid-1750s when part of the chancel was rebuilt. More restoration occurred in 1883 when the South porch was added. The church is largely built from local sandstone rubble.

Due to the location of the church atop a hill it has been used for non-religious purposes too. In the Napoleonic war the tower was used as a telegraph station. In the Second World War the tower was used by the Royal Observer Corps.