We have a wonderful building in which to worship and to use in service of God. Like many church buildings of this age it has seen many changes as Christians of each era have adapted it to help them serve God.
The building has a very long history, in fact it's older than the Church of England itself! The first recorded reference to the church was in the reign of King Henry 3rd (1216-1272) who granted that there should be a fair of eight days here on the festival of Saints Peter and Paul.
The building was built over a long period during the fourteenth century, starting with the tower, and was completed by 1400.
One of the most radical and controversial appointments in the church’s history was that of Francis Holcroft (1629-87). He was made "Minister of the Word" during the Commonwealth period when the normal governance of the Church of England had been suspended.
Until recently, there was no evidence of his time of service at Bassingbourn. Fortunately his name has now been included on the board of previous incumbents just inside the door of the Church and due recognition given to his evangelic contribution.
Upon the restoration of the Monarchy, following the return from exile of Charles the Second, Francis Holcroft left Bassingbourn and became an itinerant preacher, imprisoned on several occasions for preaching without a licence. A Vicar was appointed at Bassingbourn by Ely Cathedral and matters allowed to return to much as they were before the Civil War."
Francis Holcroft died of natural causes at a respectable age. Large numbers turned out to his funeral to celebrate his life. Amongst them were a fair number of barrackers, the types who had plagued his latter years.
A booklet has been prepared on the Church history can be downloaded here.
Photos of the church can be found on our Gallery page.
Entwined with the church’s history is the personal history of a great many people and families many of who are buried or commemorated in the church building and grounds.
If you are interested in family history and are trying to trace possible ancestors then you may find our it useful to download our record of monumental inscriptions.
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