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Directions to All Saints Church, Bow Brickhill - click here for a printable Word document

Rector:  Revd. John Waller  Tel 01525 261062  Kingswood, Pound Hill, Great Brickhill, Milton Keynes MK17 9AS  

Churchwardens:  John Wales 01908 373907 Stuart Leeming 01908 372032

Church Rotas -  see the most recent newsletter:  click here

Website for the Benefice of The Brickhills and Stoke Hammond

If you are planning a church wedding you may find information on this church wedding site useful.

Information for relatives buried at Bow Brickhill 
Care of our Churchyard leaflet and Oxford Diocese rules for inscriptions, memorials and tributes

See the Services page for the monthly pattern and the village newsletter for specific service times during festivals and details of other church events. Most weeks a service of Holy Communion will be held at a house int he village.  Monthly there is a healing prayer meeting at Great Brickhill. The All Saints Lunch Club meets monthly in the Church Hall. Please email or call the Wardens for more details.

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All Saints Tower Restoration Appeal - due to deterioration of the church tower an appeal was launched and the refurbishment is almost complete. From this a second initiative has emerged ASTRA Community Projects

All Saints has its own Mission Action Plan and you can see a presentation of the Benefice Action Plan here.

The village has a rich history of church music and even a hymn tune named after it - click here to hear the tune 'Bow Brickhill'.  

The Brickhills with Stoke Hammond Benefice Choir sings in the benefice most Sundays.  

Opposite is the current Brickhills Benefice Choir on Easter Day 2018 - its 37th anniversary.

A pdf version of the church leaflet, describing the architecture, can be downloaded here. For an architectural tour click here.

All Saints Church, Bow Brickhill

All Saints, the Parish Church of Bow Brickhill, known in the '30s as the Beacon Church used to be conspicuous, standing out like a castle on the hill.

It stands in a churchyard which contains a diverse and very interesting range of plant species ... more

Now that the hill is heavily wooded, views to the south are masked, however there are spectacular vistas of the new city of Milton Keynes from the top of the tower which is occasionally opened the public.

During the Napoleonic Wars the tower was used as a telegraph station and during the 1939-1945 war was used by the Royal Observer Corp.

There's an interesting folk tale about the church recounted by George Munday (born 1914) whose father and mother both grew up, married and died in the village. 

"My other grandfather was Thomas Riley Kent who would neither read nor write.  He used to tell me fairy stories about Bow Brickhill.  I can only remember one of them.  The parson wanted to build the church on the green and they started to build.  However the fairies moved every stone put down in day time to the top of the hill during the night.  Iíve always felt that such stories may hint at a dispute that took place many years ago.  Fairies were old pagan gods."

The Church is built of sandstone rubble, in large blocks, dug from the greensand escarpment on which is stands. Before the fifteenth century it probably consisted of an aisleless Nave and a Chancel dating from the twelfth century. The first records of the Church refer to a transfer of the advowson in 1185.

The North and South aisles and the West tower were added in the fifteenth century when the arcades were built at the same time. 

The choir and chancel

In 1630 the Nave was re-roofed, but afterwards, through neglect, became sadly dilapidated and the Church is said to have been disused for nearly 150 years.

It was restored in 1756-1757 by Browne Willis, a noted local antiquarian, when the East wall of the Cancel was rebuilt in brick . Further restoration took place in 1883 when the South porch was added.

For a complete architectural tour of the church click here.

To see a list of the plants growing in the churchyard click here


For information on past and present church music, Sidney Nicholson and Thomas Webster click here.  For more historic pictures of the church see the Photo Library.


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