Church of St Margaret


Main activities : January to April 2018


Jan 7th Sunday 9.30 am  : Epiphany

Feb 25th Sunday 6.00 pm : Choral Evensong

Mar 11th Sunday 9.30 am : Mothering Sunday

Mar 25th Sunday 9,30 am : Palm Sunday

Mar 30th Good Friday 2.00 pm : Hour at the Cross

Apr 1st Sunday 9.30 am : Easter Day 

Apr 15th Sunday 9.30 am : Every Man Remembrance 

Apr 29th Sunday 9.30 am : Service followed by

                            10.30 am : Annual Parochial Church Meeting


Holy Communion (BCP) : 8.30 am : Jan 15, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 11, 25; Apr 8, 22

Sung Eucharist (CW) : 9.30 am : Jan 7, 21; Feb 4, 18; Mar 4, 18; Apr 1, 15.

Family Service : 9.30 am : Jan 15, Feb11, Mar 11, Apr 8

Mattins (BCP) : 9.30 am : Jan 28, Mar 25, Apr 22

Evensong (BCP) : 6.00 pm : Feb 25th

Morning Prayer : Tuesdays and Thursdays : 8.00 am


In the 10th century Ailwin, Earl of East Anglia, gave Hemingford Abbots and part of Hemingford Grey to Ramsey Abbey. King Edgar granted a charter for the first church to be built, on the site of the present chancel, in 974.

Two hundred years later this wooden church was replaced with a stone building, around 1190. Two columns and part of the former tower from this survive at the east end of the nave. The font, which is still used for Baptisms, originated in the early 13th century. church2

Much of the present church originates from the late 1300s, with the spire and wall painting being added in the 1400s.

The roof of the church was raised to its present height and the 22 carved angels were installed in the early 1500s. Five of the Six bells are dated 1754.

The Enclosure Award of 1806 consolidated church lands in the parish. The frontage of the Old Rectory dates from 1814, and several major repairs to the church were carried out in the 1820s.

Following significant restoration of the church porch and aisles in 1872-5, most of the present chancel dates from 1913. The main structure of the rest of the church has remained the same for over 500 years.

The church has four stained glass windows, but particularly noteworthy are those with engraved glass, which were created by local engraver David Peace.

The Church of St Margaret of Antioch can be located by turning into Church Lane off the High Street by the public house the Axe and Compass. The church tower can be seen from the village centre.

church img31The Churchyard is approached from Church Lane via the Lych Gate which was given to Hemingford Abbots by Warboys Church and other friends in 1974 - the year when this church celebrated its millennium. Originally the Lych Gate was found in a derelict state in Tick Farm, Warboys and was believed to have been the entrance to a Chapel of Ease.

Publications : Angel Roof Carvings at St Margaret's Church : Charles Beresford 2017. Three other publications are being updated and reprinted in 2018 : Hemingford Abbots Church: A tour with David Peace and Charles Beresford, last revised in 2006. Hemingford Abbots: Outline of a village story in its national context by Charles Beresford and Richard Butterfield, last revised in 2015. A friendly cameo of St Margaret's Hemingford Abbots, last revised in 2004, 

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Who's Who at St Margaret's:
Priest in Charge Reverend Peter Cunliffe
Curate Rev Judith Bolton

David Wordsworth - Tel: 370634

Treasurer Roger Dearlove
Magazine Editor Rev Peter Cunliffe
Flower Guild Bridget Flanagan
Bellringers Michael White
Sacristan & Gift Aid Doris Bilton
Choir Charles Beresford
Organist Bruce Garner
 Parish Office Rachel & Joanne 467250
Members of the PCC:

Chairman: Revd. Peter Cunliffe

Minuting Secretary: Janet Stewart

Treasurer : Roger Dearlove

Deanery Synod Representative: David Wordsworth

Ex officio members: Rev Judith Bolton, David Wordsworth

Elected members: John Hyde, Beryl Stump, Daniela Spilca, Doris Bilton, Janine Hamilton, Charles Beresford