The Church of England parish church is dedicated Saint Blaise as he is the patron saint of the wool industry, which was a major part of Milton's mediaeval economy. The church seems to have been built in the 14th century but only the porch, the lower part of the bell tower and part of the nave including the west window survive from this time. The upper part of the tower was rebuilt in the 18th century and the nave, chancel and four-bay north aisle were rebuilt by the Gothic Revival architect Henry Woodyer in 1849-51. Under the chancel arch is the Barrett family vault, in which the Roman Catholic bishop Richard Challoner (1691-1781) was buried] until 1946 when his remains were translated to Westminster Cathedral.
The tower has a ring of eight bells, all cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2001. Previously there was a ring of six, four of which were cast in 1682. At least three of the 1682 bells were cast by Richard Keene, who had foundries at Woodstock, Oxfordshire and Royston, Hertfordshire. Another of the bells had been cast in 1787 and the tenor was cast by Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1906. When the new bells were hung in 2001, five of the old bells were sold to St. Michael and All Angels parish church, Hackthorn, Lincolnshire. One of Richard Keene's 1682 bells has been retained at St. Blaise but is not used.
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GPS Coordinates: 51.62848, -1.30037
- Added: 26 Aug 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2367624
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