St Johns Church Duxford

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St Johns Church Duxford: St Johns Church at Duxford is a Norman building with a magnificent doorway of that period, with a carved zigzag pattern round its arch. The lead spike that rises from the tower was twisted in 1897, when a flagpole was tied to it, to celebrate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee. Inside, massive Norman arches support the central tower and both inside and out, it is worth looking at the exquisite carvings with those in the north aisle include human faces, angels and strange creatures. There are also strange marks cut into the stone in various places around the church, where people used to sharpen their arrows in the Middle Ages, and graffiti some of it in Latin is enscribed. The striking mediaeval and earlier wall paintings are one of the many treasures and curiosities that make a visit to this church so rewarding. The paintings on the west wall of the chancel are the most graphic with scenes from the crucifixion of Christ, a lurid picture of St Agathas martyrdom, some horrid devils and a bizarre segmental creature being prodded with sticks or forks. Fragments of paintings cover most of the other walls. St Johns though retains a charming atmosphere in this chocolate box Cambridgeshire village.

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6m S of Cambridge, 1m SE of M11 at Junction 10. Church in centre of small village on St John's Street. Parking in village side roads around church.

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Nearest railway station is Cambridge.

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Opening times:

Open summer weekends. Other times keyholder nearby.

Prices:

Free
Donations welcome.

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Address: St John's Church, Green Street, Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 4RG, UK.
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