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. The next few pages tell the story of work done on the building over the past twenty years. Read on, and if you share our view of the importance of maintaining and preserving such a wonderful building, please send us a donation.
The church was described as the finest in Bedfordshire by John Betjeman (Collins Guide to Parish Churches 1980 - ISBN 0002161664) and it is well worth a special visit. It is open most days, and 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. Post code LU7 1AE.