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St Andrew, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire

(52°10′44″N, 0°5′45″E)
TL 434 555
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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Perpendicular nave with a S aisle of 1877 and N doorway under a porch, and a splendid 14thc. chancel with a N vestry. The W tower is dateable by the heraldry of its windows to the time of Bishop Fordham of Ely (1388–1426). The chancel is ashlar faced, the tower of pebble rendered with mortar and equipped with a stumpy lead spire, the nave of pebble with brick repairs, and limewashed except for the 19thc. S aisle. Into the W end of this, the Victorian builders incorporated a number of 12thc. carved stones, presumably from an earlier church on the site. These are described in Section III.3.d below. The report also describes the plain font.


In 1086 Grantchester included two main holdings, each of 2 hides and 3 virgates. One was held by Robert Fafiton, and the other by two knights from Count Eustace. A tenant named Robert also held 1 virgate from the Count of Mortain and half a virgate from Picot of Cambridge, but it is not clear whether this was also Robert Fafiton, or indeed whether one, two or three Roberts were involved. Finally, Gollan held 1½ virgates from Count Alan, and two knights held 3 virgates from Guy de Raimbeaucourt. No church is mentioned in connection with any of these holdings.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration





G. R. Bossier, Notes on the Cambridgeshire Churches. 182, 32.
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, V, 1973, 209–12.
C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 82-84.
A. G. Hill, Architectural and Historical Notices of the Churches of Cambridgeshire. London 1880, 214–25.
The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 10.
D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 202–03.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 392–93.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Cambridge. Volume 1. West Cambridgeshire. London 1968, 113–15.