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
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.
Services are held most Sundays at the church - see the
Services page for the monthly pattern and
the village newsletter for specific service
times and details of other church events. The All Saints
Lunch Club meets on the third Sunday of the month in the Church
Hall. Find us on Facebook.
A pdf version of the church leaflet, describing the architecture, can be
downloaded here. For an architectural
tour click here.
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
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.
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
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