Places to Go
Shottesbrooke is a
tiny place off the B3024 between Waltham St. Lawrence and White Waltham.
The village has disappeared, and all that remains is a farm and the
church and hall. The two latter stand together in the middle of
Shottesbrooke Park. It is easy to get a view of the house from the
churchyard or footpath, but the present building was built some two
hundred years after William Trussell's death, with heavy restoration in
the 18th century. The Collegiate Church of St. John is quite beautiful,
and you can easily see why it has been described as the "perfect
English church". Its compact nave and huge chancel where the priests
sat give away its collegiate function. The foundation's domestic buildings
(dissolved in 1547) stood to the south, and you can still see the doorway
into the south transept which the priests used to enter the church.
Unfortunately the building has to be kept locked, but details of where to
obtain the key are given in the porch. William and Isabelle's fine twin
altar-tomb monuments can be found in the north transept, sumptuously
carved from chalk and stone.
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