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St Leonard, Old Warden, Bedfordshire

(52°5′7″N, 0°20′31″W)
Old Warden
TL 137 443
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Bedfordshire
now Bedfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner

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Feature Sets

Brown cobblestone church of late 12thc. to early 13thc. date with chancel, nave with S aisle and S porch, and W tower. The 12thc. tower arch has a carved keystone but is otherwise plain.


The Domesday Survey does not mention a church at Old Warden but records William Speke, Ralph de Lisle and Azelina, Ralph Tallboys wife, as land holders there. VCH records that the church was given to Warden Abbey by Walter Spech, presumably a descendant of William Speke, in 1135.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Domesday Book: Bedfordshire, Ed. J. Morris, Chichester, 1977, 25, 13; 51, 4; 55, 8.

The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Bedford, London, 1912, 3: 254-55.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, London, 1968, 130.