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St Mary Magdalene

A Short History (page 3 of 3)

In a glass frame on the south wall complete and unaltered is a 15th century altar frontal comprising brown and yellow damask panels and showing a rood of St Mary and St John worked in metal wrapped silk threads.  The frontal contains a personal and place-name rebus of an eagle an ass and a ton thought to represent the name of the donor John As(h)ton Abbot of Cirencester. Budding branches are thought to represent Buddington a corruption of the old name for the village.

A former Bishop of Oxford, Bishop Carpenter who lived in the village in retirement commented thus: “This small church in its architectural simplicity stands here for the glory of God and for the use of the villagers of Baunton and others who come here to worship and pray as people have done for over 850 years”.