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Melchbourne
Church and War Memorials

the church
Melchbourne Church in 2007

St Mary's Church

Only the church tower and the basic foundations remain of the mediaeval building, and a clerestory and a South Aisle was added to create a Georgian style Church. The porch is Jacobean, and was probably moved from the St. John manor at Woodford, demolished about that time, and box pews were added. The church could seat a congregation of about 250, far more than the population of the village would have been. Louisa St. John presented the organ in the 1850's. A Vicarage from the early 17th century, was replaced in Victorian times (now called Melchbourne House). Scattered farmhouses also appear to be Victorian. Melchbourne Church had its own vicar until the end of the second World War, when it was joined with Yelden. Shortly afterwards four Parishes were joined together, the other two being Dean and Shelton, and a new vicarage was built at Dean. Late in the 1970's six Parishes were combined together, Pertenhall, and Swineshead being added to complete the six Parishes of the Stodden churches.

In the Porch there is a stone to the two men of the village who diedWWI Memorial :

IN MEMORY OF THE
the men of this Parish
who fell in THE GREAT WAR

1914-1919

L/Cpl Arthur Hancock

Private Harry Payne

This tablet is erected by
the Parishioners as a token
of their appreciation.

In the Church there is a WWII Memorial made from part of the propeller of an aircraft which crashed in the village on 19th August 1940. The memorial is to four men who died in that crash, and all buried were at Cardington St. Mary's Churchyard, Bedfordshire.

754664 Sergeant John Bishop
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of Revd. L. Cornewall & Daisy
of South Kensington, London

Aged 20 years

Died 19th August 1940

Commemorated at Cardington
Grave 15 Row R. Coll.

754172 Sergeant Stanley Britnor
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of Harold & Gertrude Britnor
Husband of Frances Eileen Britnor of Leeds

Aged 26 years

Died 19th August 1940

Commemorated at Cardington
Grave 15 Row R. Coll.

651960 Sergeant John Angus Jackson
W.Op/Air Gunner Royal Air Force

Son of Angus D & Margaret Jackson
of Sunderland

Aged 19 years

Died 19th August 1940

Commemorated at Cardington
Grave 15 Row R.

81356 Pilot Officer William Everby King
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of Thomas William & Lilian Isabel King
of Beaconsfield

Aged 20 years

Died 19th August 1940

Commemorated at Cardington
Grave 15 Row R.

There is a Memorial to 2003rd Ordinance Maintenance Co. 8th Air Force Service Command on a wall at Park House, Melchbourne.



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