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Modern Britain

Gallery: Churches of Warwickshire

by Peter Kessler, 19 June 2011

South Warwickshire Part 30: Churches of Sutton-under-Brailes

The Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket

The Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket, Sutton-under-Brailes, lies on the northern side of the village's main street. The church consists of a chancel, nave, and south porch-tower, the earliest parts dating to the twelfth century. The chancel was rebuilt in the thirteenth century and was probably lengthened eastwards at the end of the century. The church paid tithes to the Deerhurst Priory in 1291, and the advowson belonged to Westminster Abbey until 1550.

The Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket

The two-stage south tower was added about 1340, but it was probably later in the century that the top section was completed. The clerestory was added in the fifteenth century, at which time the western side wall was probably rebuilt straight, unlike the east wall. The building underwent a good deal of rebuilding work in 1879, when the walls were stripped of plaster and external cement, and the west and south-west walls of the nave were rebuilt and new roofs provided.

All photos on this page contributed by Aidan McRae Thomson.

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