History and Architecture

The church can trace its origins back to the 10th century and a Cistercian Monastery that was founded in Oddington.  The church and village are steeped in English history with famous Rectors one of whom went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Church also has some important historical features, a medieval bell frame, bells dating back to 1600’s and an important Preaching Cross. More information is available in the history section.

The church has a unique association with the Maori community through Maggie Papakura, a Maori Princess who lived in the village and is buried in the churchyard.

The church is an integral piece of the community.  It has been the venue for countless village Baptisms and Weddings, it’s also the final resting place for many village residents.

The church also acts as a venue for village meetings.