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St Mary, Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire

(52°5′35″N, 0°4′32″E)
TL 423 459
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

Originally an aisleless church with nave, chancel and central tower, all of c.1300. In the early 14thc. a N aisle and transepts were added. The main entrance is on the N, facing the road, and a Perpendicular porch was added on this side. A vestry to the S of the chancel was added in the 19thc. Construction is of flint and pebble, and the tower has a Hertfordshire spike. The church was restored in 1869-70 and 1956-61. A reset impost and a loose capital (reported but not found) provide evidence earlier than any of the standing fabric.


In 1086 Fowlmere was held by Robert Gernon; 10 hides which he held himself. A further hide was held by two knights from Count Alan. No church was noted.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


G. R. Bossier, Notes on the Cambridgeshire Churches. 1827, 41.
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, VIII, 1982, 163-64.
C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 179-80.
D. E. Hitch, A Mere Village: A History of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. 1993.
M. Hunn, St Mary's Church Fowlmere: A Guide. 1995.
The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 9.
F. S. L. Johnson, A Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. M.Phil (London, Courtauld Institute), 1984, 251.
D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 199.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 387.