All Saints Church

We are not sure of the exact age of this church. It seems that the original church consisted of a chancel with an aisleless nave. In the middle of the 14th century the chancel was rebuilt and aisles were added to the old nave. The next century windows were inserted in the south aisle and the south porch was built. In 1863 the church was restored. You might be thinking that this is all there is about the history and development of our church and how wrong you would be. Please click here to read about the church and its development over the years.

The registers begin in 1676.

There is also an account book of 1658, which was restored to the church in 1911.

FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS

The main purpose of this team is to raise money to ensure the fabric of the church is maintained. This can be general repairs or repairs needed as a result of theft, such as lead from the roof. In 2018, whilst repairing the roof as a result of such a theft they found the porch was in danger of falling down. Thanks to the efforts of this team that work was also completed.

Fund raising mainly comprises the parish breakfasts, the bi-annual fete and bi-annual open gardens. Sadly, in the current climate these events will not be running this year.

BELL RINGING

bell ropes
All Saints Church, Soulbury, bell ropes

There is a ring of six bells: the treble and third are by Henry & Ellis Knight, 1661; the second by Chandler, 1697; the fourth and fifth are by an unknown maker of the first half of the 15th century, and are inscribed ‘ Sancte Martine ora pro nobis’ and ‘Sancta Margareta ora pro nobis’ respectively; the tenor is by Bartholomew Atton, 1592. There is also a sanctus bell by Richard Chandler, 1714.

The church bells fell silent for a while as there were no ringers. However, a group of enthusiastic villagers, with the help and mentoring of local ringers, have started up this art again. They practice on Thursday evenings and are always looking for more people to join. Please contact James Mansfield-Sturgess 01525 270585 to learn more but please note that for the foreseeable future this activity, like many others, is suspended.

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