All Saints Church, Illuminated at night
A church has stood on the site of the
present building in
Leighton Buzzard for more than 1,000 years. Today's
church, dedicated to All Saints, dates from 1277 and is
an outstanding example of early English architecture
with a 60m spire on a squat tower. Inside it boasts a
magnificent 15th century roof adorned with angels and
saints contrasting with 25 ferocious gargoyles around
the outside. The church was nearly lost in a massive fire
in 1985, but it has been painstakingly restored.
Unfortunately there is still much more work to do.
The church has been described as the finest in
Bedfordshire and it is well worth a special visit. It is
open most days, but there is an excellent coffee shop
open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Leighton Buzzard is on the main rail line from London
Euston and near to the A5 trunk road and M1 motorway.