St Helen’s Church is unusual in being almost square inside rather than the usual oblong, due to repeated additions of one oblong nave followed by another as the enthusiastic townsfolk of Abingdon added to their beloved church and raised its status as best they could, a little at a time. It is now a treasure of great importance to the town containing medieval ceiling paintings, a panorama of stained glass windows and one of the earliest known family tree paintings showing the 197 descendants of William Lee, five times Mayor of the town.
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St Mary’s Church, Abingdon is by far the prettiest and most unusual church I have ever visited, it’s beautiful! I would love to be able to attend a candle-lit service here, it would be most atmospheric.