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History of Ivychurch

Ivychurch comes from the Old English ‘ifig’ meaning ‘ivy’ and ‘cirice’ as a ‘church’; therefore, an ‘Ivy covered church’.

Ivychurch parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint George. They built it in the 13th century, with extensions and additions in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. In 1552, there is a record of four bells in the tower, which John Wilnar recast into a ring of five in 1624. In 1799, Edward Hasted described St George’s church as being a ‘large handsome building of sand stone, consisting of three isles and a chancel, none of which are ceiled, having at the west end a tower steeple with a beacon turret. In the tower there are five bells and a clock’. In 1890, the architect, Sir Reginald Theodore Blomfield carried out a restoration to the church.

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