St John the Baptist – Keyston

The village church of St John the Baptist dates from the 13th century, with the present nave and aisles having been built 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 must have been a most inspiring sight to see this in an era where buildings were built low and the highest point on the landscape was the trees.

St John the Baptist ii

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