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All Saints, Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

(52°6′26″N, 0°1′52″E)
TL 392 474
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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Nave with S aisle rebuilt in brick, rendered chancel and ashlar and flint W tower. Brick boiler house added to S nave aisle. The chancel was rebuilt in the early 17thc. after a fire, and again in 1777, and there was a restoration in 1870. Features described are the N nave doorway and the chancel arch.


In 1086, the largest landholder was Hardwin de Scales, who held 2 hides and 1 virgate himself and half a virgate from the Abbot of Ely. Most of this was parcelled out. In addition the Church of Chatteris held 1 hide and 1½ virgates, Reginald held 1½ virgates from Count Alan, and Sigar held 1 hide from Geoffrey de Mandeville.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Pevsner suggests that the upper part of the N doorway is later than the jambs, but I see no reason why both should not be c.1200. The chancel arch looks earlier in style, in view of the tall bases, narrow proportions and fat roll moulding, but the fragmentary volute capital is identical to one on the doorway, and I am inclined to date both to c.1200.

C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 156.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 454-55.