St Andrew, Impington, Cambridgeshire

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Feature Sets (2)


Aisleless nave, 14thc. chancel articulated on the interior with wide arches enclosing the windows, 14thc. W tower. Construction is of mixed stone and pebble rubble except for the timber-framed Perpendicular S porch. There was a restoration in 1878–79, then in 1995 a large church hall complex was added to the N side, attached to the N chancel vestry. 12thc. stones are found reset in the exterior S wall of the chancel.


The manor (6½ hides) was part of the demesne of Ely Abbey in 1086, and before the Conquest. Walter had a further holding of 3½ hides from Picot. In the 12thc. Bishop Nigel endowed the tithes of Impington church to the Ely Cathedral scriptorium.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration

In chancel S wall, E bay: (to R of window) cushion capital with human head attached. The head is an irregular oval with bulbous, undrilled eyes, deep brows, projecting nose and small mouth. Below the capital is a length of shaft and a bulbous base. The foot of the base is approximately 2.5 m above the ground and the stone could not, therefore, be measured.

In chancel S wall, E bay: (below centre of window) chevron voussoir as 1.

l. 0.23 m
max. approx. w. (extrados) 0.16 m
min. w (intrados) 0.14 m



In chancel S wall, W bay: (below E edge of window) chevron voussoir as 1.

l. 0.23 m
max. w (extrados) 0.13 m
min w (intrados) 0.11 m


In chancel S wall, W bay: (below W edge of window) centrifugal chevron voussoir with profile of a single quirked roll with cogwheel edge.

l. 0.23 m
max. w. (extrados) 0.13 m
min. w. (intrados) 0.13 m



  • G. R. Bossier, Notes on the Cambridgeshire Churches. 1827, 25.
  • The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, IX, 1989, 136-37.
  • C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 107-08.
  • The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 81.
  • F. S. L. Johnson, A Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. M.Phil (London, Courtauld Institute), 1984.
  • D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 219.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 412.
  • D. J. Stewart, On the Architectural History of Ely Cathedral, London 1868, 280
Exterior, view from SE.
Exterior, chancel, S wall, E bay with reset stones.
Exterior, chancel, S wall, W bay with reset stones.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
TL 447 633 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Cambridgeshire
now: Cambridgeshire
medieval: not confirmed
now: Ely
now: St Andrew
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter