Leighton Buzzard’s St Mary’s Church | Bedfordshire


The church of St. Mary the Virgin is located in Old Linslade,
where the original village of Linslade was located.
The church stands fairly isolated, but, in the late 13th century
it was a market town with an annual fair.
Many pilgrims were attracted to Linslade, because of a Holy Well,
situated reportedly just a few hundred yards to the north of the church.
The well’s chalybeate waters were renowned for their miraculous healing powers.
However, in 1299, the Bishop of Lincoln banned pilgrimages to the well,
threatening anybody defying the ban with excommunication.
The five bells in the tower were removed in 1869,
for use in the newly constructed St. Barnabas Church, Linslade.
A single light bell was installed to replace those removed,
for use at funeral services.

St Mary's Church Leighton Buzzard

St Mary's Church Leighton Buzzard

St Mary's Church Leighton Buzzard

St Mary's Church Leighton Buzzard

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In and around Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Beds, Bucks and Herts.
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