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St Mary, Podington, Bedfordshire

(52°15′15″N, 0°37′17″W)
SP 942 627
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Bedfordshire
now Bedfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner

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Feature Sets

The church has a 12thc. chancel, with blocked round-headed windows in N and S walls. The quions of the 12thc. aisleless nave are visible on the exterior. The S arcade is late 12thc. or early 13thc., of three bays with one square, early stiff-leaf capital, and one square, plain capital. The N arcade is 13thc., as are the heavily moulded round capitals. The W tower is 13thc. with a Perpendicular top level. Romanesque sculpture is found only on the font.


The Domesday Survey does not mention a church at Podington, but records that the brothers, Hugh and Walter of Flanders held land there. Podington Church was given to Canons Ashby Priory by Stephen la Leye, the son of Hugh of Flanders. The Priory held the church until the Dissolution. (VCH, 87)





The font is illustrated in Magna Britannia, but is shown as being decorated entirely with zig-zag.

Domesday Book: Bedfordshire, Ed. J. Morris, Chichester, 1977, 32, 5; 34, 1.
The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Bedford, London, 1912, 3:82, 86–87.
D. Lyson and S. Lyson, Magna Britannia, London, 1813, I (illustration of font).
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, London, 1968, 133.