Peter’s Photowalks: St Lawrence Church – Upwey Wishing Well, Water Gardens and Tearooms

St Lawrence Church, Upwey.

There is evidence of a church existing on the site as early as 1201, with the list of recorded priests beginning with John Wydeston in 1267. 80 years later the Upwey priest was one of the first to be struck down when the black death entered the country.

The porch was built in the early 16th Century, and is large enough to have accommodated the first part of marriage and baptism services historically. On its roof is an amusing water spouting Gargoyle.

The door is 500 years old. It is iron studded with oak planks on one side and elm on the other, complete with its fine strap hinges.

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