Bury Church

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The church of HOLY CROSS is built of rubble with Barnack stone dressings and the roofs are covered with slates and tiles. It consists of a chancel (27 ft. by 14½ ft.), nave (48 ft. by 19½ ft.), a north aisle (7½ ft. wide), west tower (11 ft. by 10 ft.), and formerly a western chapel (about 35 ft. by 21½ ft.).

An early 12th-century church which stood here probably consisted only of a chancel and nave; the east and west walls of the nave of this church survive. Early in the 13th century the north aisle with its nave arcade was added and in the middle of the same century the western tower was built. Possibly owing to defects in the foundations, the north wall of the north aisle was rebuilt in the 14th century. About 1400, considerable alterations were again made, the chancel and south wall of the nave were rebuilt and new windows inserted in the north aisle. Towards the end of the 15th century, the large chapel west of the tower was built, possibly as a Lady Chapel. (img-1. 19) The chancel was shortened by about 13 ft., probably in the 16th century, as may be seen by the remains of two windows at the eastern angles of the church. The porch was built and the church restored in 1889.

Holy Cross Bury Church - Courtesy of British History On-Line

Holy Cross Bury Church – Courtesy of British History On-Line [img-1.19]

The chancel has a modern east window of three lights. There is a re-set piscina on the south side of the window and in the north wall are two lockers, one over the other. The eastern window on the south side is of the 15th century, of two cinquefoiled lights under a quatrefoiled spandrel in a four-centred head. The western window on this side and that opposite to it are of the date of the rebuilding of about 1400. They are each of one cinquefoiled light which has been carried down below a transom to form a low-side window. In both cases the low-side window retains its shutter, but on the north side this has been plastered internally. The window on the north side has some glass contemporary with the rebuilding of about 1400 which consists of quarries and a border of crowns. Between the windows on the south side is a 15th-century doorway with a four-centred head. The chancel arch belongs to the early 12th-century church. It is semi-circular, of two bold moulded orders springing from half-round shafts with richly carved capitals and moulded bases. The 15th-century rood screen is of five bays. The open panels above have trefoiled ogee heads and the close panels below have cinquefoiled heads with carved foliated spandrels. The screen was formerly in a dilapidated condition and was repaired by the Rev. A. R. Pain with his own hands, after he was appointed to the living in 1845.

The north arcade of three bays is a good specimen of early 13th-century work. It has two-centred arches springing from octagonal piers with stiff-leaved capitals and moulded bases. The present windows were inserted in the south wall in the 15th century. The mid-13th-century arch of the south doorway was reset from the old wall. Beside it is a stoup which was found in rebuilding the bridge over the brook in the village in 1925. The clearstory, with its three windows on each side, was apparently added about 1400 when the south wall was built. The west doorway with the walls on either side also formed a part of the early 12th-century church. The arch is of three orders, the two outer of which have roll mouldings resting on jamb shafts with moulded bases and carved capitals. The doorway has a tympanum formed of square stones set diamondwise. The early 14thcentury lectern at the east end of the nave is a rare example of its kind. It is of oak, carved in the front with five trefoiled arches, at one side with a trefoiled ogee-headed opening and on the other with oak leaves. The desk has a design of foliage. The pulpit is modern. There is a considerable number of plain oak seats of early 16th-century date. There is an early 17th-century oak chest in the church.

Bury Church Bells

By Bill Thompson

Holy Cross church, Bury, has just three bells but one of them is very special. It is one of the oldest bells in the country still ringing. She was cast nearly 640 years ago round about 1380. But she is special for another reason: The bell is one of just 142 surviving Royal Head (RH) bells, out of 66,000 bells in the country. An RH bell has an image of a king or queen cast into it: It is probably Anne of Bohemia, queen of Richard II. Also, it has the words AVE MARIA either side of the head.

  • The Treble
    • Bears the inscription ‘C and G Mears Founders London 1853’ and weighs 3cwt 2qrs 23lbs, and was cast at Whitechapel.
  • Second
    • A Royal Bell, bears the inscription ‘Ave Maria’ with a portrait of the Queen’s Head between ‘Ave’ and ‘Maria’. It is one of only 180 Royal Bells out of 66,000 bells in the country. It was possibly made by John and William Rufford (c) 1380 and cast at Toddington in Bedfordshire and weighs 4cwt.
  • Tenor
    • Bears the inscription ‘Charles Newman made mee 1700. W. Baker T. Robinson’ and weighs 5cwt approximately.

 

God the King of Glory,

Grant that we may minister to thy

Praise by ringing these bells to

sound the call to worship.

May we ourselves show forth thy Love,

Praise in all our words and deeds both in thy

house and in all our lives

Through Jesus Christ our Lord


 

Rector Garry Dawson-Jonestherector

Garry is the Rector of the 4Parishes, Bury, Broughton, Wistow & Warboys.

Tel: 821612 or rector@4parishes.org

Listen out for the jokes that precede the Sermon.  

One beautiful Sunday morning, Garry announces to his congregation, ‘My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons…… 
A £100 sermon that lasts five minutes
A £50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes
And a £20 sermon that lasts a full hour.
Now, we’ll take the collection and see which one I’ll deliver.’

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4next Sunday: 25th February 2nd Sunday of Lent
Broughton 9am Holy Communion
Wistow 10am Holy Communion
Warboys 10am Morning Worship followed by Solo Lunch
Bury 11:15am Chocolate Sunday
Warboys Methodist Church 6pm Evening Worship
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The Lent Course for the 4Parishes is entitled ‘Come and See’ and is based on John’s Gospel. Tuesday evenings with Garry at Bury Church 7:30pm, and Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm with Maureen Dean in Warboys - contact this page or Maureen for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

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4next Sunday: 18th February 1st Sunday of Lent
Bury 9:30am First Bite at the School
11:15am Morning Worship
Wistow 10am Morning Worship
Warboys 10am Holy Communion
Broughton 6pm Evening Prayer
Warboys Methodist Church 6pm Evening Worship
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4Parish Ash Wednesday service is at Wistow church on 14th February at 7pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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LENT LUNCHES - starting Wednesday 21st February for five weeks at Warboys Methodist Church, 12 noon. Frugal Lunches (soup, roll + tea/coffee) with short Lenten reflection. Do come and share with us! ... See MoreSee Less

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Warboys Parish Church
Saturday 10th February 6.00pm
Film: Heaven is for Real based on the best selling book of the same title.
Pudding: We are not having Fish and Chips this time, but we are having a ‘Pudding Night’ instead. Please would each family bring a pudding to share.
The film will begin at 7pm.
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The Lent Course for the 4Parishes will start week beginning 19th February. The course is entitled ‘Come and See’ and is based on John’s Gospel. Monday evenings with Garry (time and Venue TBC) and Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm with Maureen in Warboys. Please contact this page for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

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4next Sunday: 11th February 3rd before Lent

Broughton 9am Morning Prayer
Warboys 9am Morning Worship
9:50am Café Church
Wistow 10am Morning Worship
Bury 11:15am Holy Communion

Warboys Methodist Church 6pm Evening Worship
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4next Sunday: 4th February 2nd before Lent

Broughton 6pm Evening Prayer
Wistow 4pm Tea Time Special
Warboys 10am Chocolate Sunday
Bury 9:30am First Sunday

Warboys Methodist Church 6pm Songs of Praise
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4next Sunday: 28th January 4th Sunday of Epiphany
Broughton 9am Holy Communion
Wistow 10am Holy Communion
Warboys 10am Morning Worship followed by Solo Lunch
Bury 11:15am Sunday Praise
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Services for 21st January
3rd Sunday of Epiphany

Bury 9.30am​ First Bite at the School
11.15am Morning Worship in the Church Hall
Wistow ​ 10am ​Morning Worship
Warboys ​ 10am Holy Communion
Broughton​ 6pm​ Evening Prayer

​Warboys Methodist Church
6pm ​Evening Worship Speaker: Rev’d Matt Finch
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Many thanks to all who donated food via the 4 parishes to the Trussell trust food bank. The total for December was 104.4kg. The total for the year was 1219.9kg which in old money is
1 ton,4cwt, 1lb 6&3/4cwt ozs. Well done everyone 😊
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Together in Bury is back on Wednesday (10th) 1:30pm-3pm for pre-school children, parents and carers. ... See MoreSee Less

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