Latimer Church

Posted On December 7, 2014
December 07, 2014

Explore the Angles in the architecture at nearby Latimer Church

Latimer Church

The first Lord Chesham built the current church around 1841 to replace the existing Medieval chapel. He used  Edward Blore, the architect responsible for the current Latimer House. The house had been rebuilt in 1838 after a fire burnt down the original Elizabethan one. Blore is most notable for his completion of John Nash’s design of Buckingham Palace.

The second Lord Chesham enlarged the church in 1867, this time the architect was Sir George Gilbert Scott, whose uncle had been the rector here. Gilbert Scott is probably best known for the wonderful Gothic revival behemoth which is the Midland Hotel at St Pancreas Station. True to form he added a quirky octagonal turret and spire.

Arch Angels


The striking angels  in the chancel arch which look so beautiful on our December cover, are a memorial to 3rd Baron Chesham, Charles Compton Cavendish, who lived at Latimer House. Charles fought in the Boer War and fell in action in 1907. The memorial was paid for by the tenants of the Estate.


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One of the stained glass windows shown is a depiction of the Archangel Michael, defeating Satan and his angels during the war in Heaven. He has St Peter to his right and St Paul to his left (our right).

The War Memorial plaque

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More angels can be found in the nave where a carved oak war memorial , built in the 1920’s, it carries the names of the members of the  parish who gave their lives in World War I.  More names were added after the Second World War. It was designed by Mr W King of Wycombe Studios in Hampstead.

The Marble Monument

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In the North transept is a large marble dedicated to Miss Anne Campion. Anne Campion was the seventeen year old daughter of the valet of the Duke of Devonshire with whom the Duke fatherered a child. The Duke didn’t attend her funeral but the dedication speaks volumes.

“Here lies the mortal remains of Mrs A. C-n

The Virtues of her mind excelled the beauties of her body
That was adorned with so many charms.”

According to an short entry in  The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation by Roy Hattersley “the child was well provided for – brought up at Chatsworth and left £10,000. ”

Friends of Latimer

LatimerLive was set up in 2010 to promote community and social activity while helping to raise funds for charity.  Their aim  is to increase and expand this project into a charitable trust to be called “Friends of Latimer” with the purpose of promoting community social events and raise funds to maintain and upkeep the church and village of Latimer. 
If you would like to learn more of the Friends of Latimer Trust or support this venture you can contact them at: friends@Latimerlive.co.uk 

Latimer Live

Friends of Latimer have a charity raising concert planned for Autumn 2015 and are looking for performers.

Young or old, Jazz or Rock, Pop or Heavy Metal.  If you think you can help make this happen send your details to: – Rock@latimerlive.co.uk 

With thanks

Our thanks to Revd. John Went. Associate Minister for Latimer and Flaunden.who returned to the parish ministry when he retired from his role of Bishop of Tewkesbury last year.

A very informative booklet entitled Latimer a History of the Village is available inside the church. Priced at £2 it is sold in aid of the Church.

 

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Directions

By car: Exit the M25 at Junction 18 and take the A404 towards Amersham. After 2 miles
turn right at the signposts for Latimer and Chenies. Drive through Chenies village and after one mile turn right at the crossroads into Latimer. Turn left at the village green and drive up the hill towards Latimer House. Drive through the gates and park in Latimer Place car parks which will be sign-posted. 
By train: Chalfont & Latimer station is five minutes by taxi. The station is on both the London Underground Metropolitan line which runs from Baker Street and Chiltern Railways service which runs from London Marylebone.

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