St Stephen’s is a Grade 1 listed building that dates back to the twelfth century. The structure of the building has remained largely unchanged since the seventeenth century when Sir Roger Manwood, Chancellor to Queen Elisabeth I was buried in the south transept. Over the years, congregations have remodelled the interior, largely due to the fashions of the time, adding a rood screen to divide the chancel from the nave, adding pews – first box pews, and then in the late nineteenth century, open pews that are still in the nave today. The rood screen was moved to divide off the south transept in the 1960s and the choir stalls in the chancel adapted at the same time.
More recently the crossing area was opened up and this provides a large clear area for worship and other events.
St Stephen’s is fortunate to have a building to serve the whole community, and alongside our worship, we have groups that use the building for music rehearsals, presentations and the like. If you would like to make use of St Stephen’s for your events then please do contact us.