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Modern Britain

Gallery: Churches of Warwickshire

by Peter Kessler, 28 February 2010

West Warwickshire Part 10: Churches of Kenilworth & Honily

St John the Baptist

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Honily, is on the northern side of the lane, midway between the main road and Honiley Hall in this very small village. The Georgian church was built in 1723 for John Sanders of Honiley House (since demolished), replacing one which dated to at least 1318. The replacement was of Arden sandstone with a nave with a half-round apse for the chancel, and a west tower. The ashlar walls have pilasters at the angles and north and south sides.

St John the Baptist

Inside, the stone font is modern, but in the deep north splay of the inner west doorway is a coved half-round niche fitted with a partly projecting marble basin. It has no drain but was probably intended to serve as a font. The tower is fitted with a ring of five bells which all date to 1731 and were made by Thomas Eayre of Kettering. The advowson usually remained with the local manor, although in 1535 the value of the benefice was too low to be able to maintain an incumbent.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Aidan McRae Thomson.



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