St John the Baptist’s Church
St John the Baptist’s Church information
Commenced in 1100, the cathedral-like St John's is one of England's largest parish churches. It boasts an outstanding Perpendicular Gothic tower with flying buttresses (c 1400) and a majestic three-storey south porch, which was built as an office by late-15th-century abbots but subsequently became the medieval town hall. Soaring arches, magnificent fan vaulting and a Tudor nave adorn the light-filled interior, where, in a wall safe, you'll find the Boleyn Cup , made for Anne Boleyn in 1535.
Also inside are the 12th-century chancel, a 15th-century painted stone pulpit and some columns recycled from ancient Roman buildings. The east window contains fine 15th- and 16th-century stained glass. On some Wednesdays and summer Saturdays, you may be able to climb the tower (adult/child £3/1.50).