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St Mary, Little Abington, Cambridgeshire

(52°7′11″N, 0°13′54″E)
Little Abington
TL 529 492
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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11–12thc. aisleless nave and W tower with 13thc. chancel. A N transept was also added in the 13thc., partially obscuring an earlier window. Most of the tower is 14thc., along with the tower arch. There is no spire. Construction is of flint and pebble, the prominently pointed Victorian restorations being particularly noticeable here. There was a restoration in 1885 by J. P. St Aubyn, and a complete restoration of the exterior of the tower c.1990. Features recorded are the N and S nave doorways, N nave window and font.


In 1086 the manor was held by Count Alan of Brittany (5 hides).


Exterior Features






Johnson (1984) compares the chip carving to work at Ely Cathedral, Chettisham, Fowlmere and Hauxton.

P. E. D. (Churchwarden), St Mary's, Little Abington: A Guide. 1995
G. R. Bossier, Notes on the Cambridgeshire Churches. 1827, 47.
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, VI 1978, 17-18.
The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 142.
F. S. L. Johnson, A Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. M.Phil (London, Courtauld Institute), 1984, 274-75.
D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 50, 79.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 427.
H. M. and J. Taylor, "Architectural Sculpture in Pre-Norman England", Journal of the British Archaeological Association, XXIX, 1966.