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Open Days at Church of St John the Baptist Achurch
18th September, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Explore this beautiful church, dating from the 13th century. Join a guided tour or use the self-guided leaflet to explore at your own pace. For children there is a free trail. The church is also open for Ride and Stride. Refreshments available.
The church of St John the Baptist stands on the Nene Way, a short distance from the village of Achurch. Traditionally, its foundation is linked to the De Waterville family, lords of the manor, who are said to have built the church as a thanksgiving for a safe return from crusade. The Rev. Robert Browne, a controversial figure linked to the foundation of the non-conformist movement, was rector of the church for some 40 years. Later becoming the church for the Lilford estate, it houses monuments from Lilford church which was demolished in the 18th century, including some well preserved 17th century memorial tablets. A visit to the church tells the history not just of the building itself but of how the village and its neighbouring settlements changed and developed over the centuries. Explore the history and architecture of this rural area or simply enjoy its tranquil setting.
Saturday 11 September: Church open 1000 – 1600 for guided tours on request or self guided tours all day
Sunday 12 September: 1000 – 1600 for self guided tours all day
Saturday 18 September: 1000 – 1600 for guided tours on request or self guided tours all day
Sunday 19 September: 1000 – 1600 for self guided tours all day
No booking required
The church is accessed by a single track road with limited parking on the road and in the churchyard. Disabled parking close to the main church entrance is available, as is a wheelchair ramp. Most of the interior is accessible by wheelchair, though the tower and chancel are accessed by steps. Outside, there is a pathway around the church, but there are some areas of uneven ground.