All Saints Leighton Buzzard Preservation Trust. Registered charity No. 1077207
Its angel roofs were given by Alice de la Pole, circa 1460, grand daughter of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Ironwork on two of the doors is by Thomas de Leghton, early 14th century ironmaster who made the grilles on Queen Eleanor’s tomb in Westminster Abbey. >>
There is much medieval graffiti in the church including the famous 15th century Simon and Nelly relief.
All Saints Preservation Trust was set up in 1999 to raise and manage funds for the preservation of All Saints parish church, Leighton Buzzard, a Grade 1 Listed building. An architect’s report the previous year had thrown up some serious structural problems which needed urgent attention and a seven phase programme of repairs was proposed, the cost of which was beyond the resources of the local congregation. The Trust is an independent charity set up as a response, not all the Trustees are church people but all share the determination to see the town’s oldest and finest building restored for future generations to use and enjoy. Its success can be seen in the building, with five of the seven phases completed and another under way.
A church has stood on the site of the present building in Leighton Buzzard for more than 1,000 years. Today's church, dedicated to All Saints, dates from 1277 and is an outstanding example of early English architecture with a 60m broach spire on a squat tower. Inside it boasts a magnificent 15th century roof adorned with angels and saints contrasting with 25 ferocious gargoyles around the outside. The church was nearly lost in a massive fire in 1985, but it has been painstakingly restored. Unfortunately there is still much more work to do. The next few pages contain the latest news about an appeal for help and information about the repairs.
Read on, and if you feel moved, please send us a donation. The church was described as the finest in Bedfordshire by John Betjeman (Collins Guide to Parish Churches 1980) and it is well worth a special visit. It is open most days, but there is an excellent coffee shop open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Leighton Buzzard is on the main rail line from London Euston to Birmingham and near to the A5 trunk road and M1 motorway. You can find out more about the church through our links page.
Market day in Leighton Buzzard. The 190ft spire of All Saints can be seen for miles around the town.
Pictures © 2013 All Saints Preservation Trust
All Saints Preservation Trust
30 Hockliffe Street
Beds. LU7 1HJ
Tel: 01525 217594
We need your help if this fine parish church is to be fully restored for future generations to use and enjoy.
Please make a donation to help us to help the restoration work. Find out how on our fundraising page. And if you are able, remember to gift aid your donation.
We also appeal to those who love this building or have a connection with it, to make provision for a bequest to All Saints Preservation Trust in their will. We are a registered charity so there are tax advantages. This way your money will go on helping our work into the future. We hope you will find this site of interest.
FIRE! - 13 APRIL 1985