Brinkley Church

You are very welcome to visit Brinkley Church.
Services are held on Sundays as listed in the village newsletter Village Voice which you will find elsewhere on this website.

For pastoral enquiries, please contact:

Churchwarden Ros Pates  01638 507240


Brinkley Church



Extract from ‘Historical Notes on Brinkley’ By R Cory.

It is believed that an earlier Church was replaced by the present one partly based on the fact that the names of the Parish Priests date back to 1260.

The present Church of St Mary was built during the Perpendicular period, probably in 16th or 17th Century and still retains the original tower with its fine perpendicular arch, and a very beautiful East window which poses quite a mystery. Commenting on the stained glass at the top of this window which is medieval, Nikolaus Pevsner in his Cambridgeshire volume of Buildings of England refers to it as ‘so typical of c1300 and so unlikely for a High Victorian architect that it must be accurate’.(Indicating that the Victorian architect who restored the Church in 1875, and replaced all the other windows, did not design this East window.) The window appears, too, in the drawing of Brinkley Church by William Cole who carried out a very complete survey of Churches in Cambridgeshire in 1750; this proves that the window was there before the restoration of the church.

Nikolaus Pevsner draws particular attention to the brickbuilt South porch, claiming it to be the only one in the County. The North window of the Chancel contains a jumble of fragments of pieces of 14th century stained glass. The pulpit is probably 18th Century with Jacobaen panels, similar to those in the squire’s pew. At one time there was a ceiling with carved main beams but these appear to have been removed in 1874 and used to support the floor of the Nave pews.



The Church Bells
The tower contains 6 bells.
  1. Cast by William Dobson of Downham Market in 1820
  2. Cast by Johanes Draper in 1602
  3. Cast by Johanes Draper in 1609
  4. Cast by Thomas Newman in 1723 or 1725
  5. Cast by William Hull between 1671 and 1687. South Malling, Sussex.
  6. Cast by Thomas Gardiner of Sudbury in 1727. This last bell has the impressions of four Queen Anne coins in its waist. Its weight is about 15cwts.
The bell tower and frames were restored in the 1980s. The bells are rung by visiting teams on a regular basis.

Copies of the book Historical Notes on Brinkley by R H Cory are available from



Brinkley Churchyard
There have been a couple surveys done of the gravestones in the churchyard, one by Cambridgeshire Family History Society in 1983 and a second in May 2007 by a local and updated in 2016.

If you are interested in a particular family name then e-mail with details and we will endeavour to provide any information we have.

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