St John the Baptist's Church
Keyston shown within Cambridgeshire
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The village lies at the western end of Huntingdonshire and the parish's western border coincides with the county boundary with Northamptonshire. The village is built around the brook that runs through its centre with the brook at about 45 metres above sea-level.
The village church of St John the Baptist dates from the 13th century, with the present nave and aisles having been built in around 1250. The chancel followed in around 1280 and the tower in around 1300.
The church is renowned for its oaken cadaver, a memorial consisting of a wooden skeleton, taken from a fifteenth-century tomb. It is reputed to be one of only two such carvings in the country. The baptismal font has a modern octagonal bowl on a 13th-century circular stem and base and a square plinth. The 13th-century octagonal bowl with tapering sides was found, in the 1890s, in the rectory garden, and now lies separately in the south aisle. The first pew on the right, on entering the church, is carved with the date 1608.
There are five bells, inscribed as follows:
- Feare the Lorde 1592.
- William Marks churchwarden: . I: Eayre fecit. 1743 gloria Deo soli: . Francis [?] Clitherow Esquire
- Remember the ende 1592.
- Give God the praise 1592.
- Thomas Rvssell of Wootton near X Bedford made me in 1733 Thomas Simonts churchwarden.
The first, third and fourth are by Watts of Leicester. In 1552 there were four bells and a sanctus bell. By about 1709 there were five bells but whether this includes the sanctus bell is not clear.
The village is also home to The Pheasant pub, known for its cuisine. Keyston also has a small airfield.
Census figures after 1935 are included in the parish of Bythorn and Keyston.
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- "Bythorn and Keyston". visiononfbritain.org.uk.
- A. D. Mills (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names.
- "'Parishes: Keyston', A History of the County of Huntingdon" 3. 1936. pp. 69–75.
- Encyclopædia Britannica - John Donne. 1911
- "St John the Baptist", leaflet in the church, September 2014
- "The Pheasant".