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St George, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire

(52°6′5″N, 0°6′14″E)
TL 442 469
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

Aisleless cruciform church, mostly of the late 13thc., with a central tower with spike. The W front is Perpendicular, and there was a restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1877. Construction is of flint, Barnack stone and clunch (Vinter 1995). The church contains a 12thc. font.


In 1086, the manor of 6½ hides was held by the Abbot of Ely. Holdings of 1 hide and 2 acres seem to have been the subject of disputes between the abbey and Hardwin de Scales. Sigar held 1½ hides from Geoffrey de Mandeville.





Both Pevsner and Johnson describe the font as Purbeck, rather than Sussex marble, Johnson adding that it is the only font of this type in the county. Fonts of similar designs were produced in Sussex and exported throughout southern England and this is a relatively remote example.

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, 246-47.
The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 19.
F. S. L. Johnson, A Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. M.Phil (London, Courtauld Institute), 1984, 308.
D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 268-69.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 387.
G. O. Vinter, The Church of St George or All Saints in Thriplow, 1951 (revised to 1995).