Ebrington Parish Church



St. Eadburgha's Church Photos by
John Wilkes of Cam near Dursley, Gloucestershire
The Gloucestershire Photo Library

Page composition by Allan Taylor of Vancouver, Canada
http://www.allthecotswolds.com

St. Eadburgha was the daughter of King Edward the Elder whose father was King Alfred the Great. She was a Saxon saint. The tower of St. Eadburgha's Church in Ebrington dates from the 13th Century. The stone font has seven sides each panel being carved with a rose motif. The painted effigy forms part of the tomb of Sir John Fortescue, Lord Chancellor; while the two marble busts are of Sir John Keyte, who died in 1662, and his wife Margaret. During the Civil War, Sir John raised a troop of horse at his own expense for King Charles I. A portion of the east window is shown here featuring a farm worker ploughing a field. This is part of the window by
Christopher Webb of St. Albans and dates from 1964. The Keyt and Coventry coats of arms are featured in another much older window. The churchyard has many ancient yews and tall dark trees sheltering a good collection of headstones - many hoary with lichen; and some dating back to the 17th Century.
In fields near the village, pumpkins and sun flowers were ready for harvest in mid September.