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Nicholas Ferrar

Welcome

Little Gidding Church is difficult to find, but unforgettable when found. It is a secluded place in remote Huntingdonshire countryside which has borne witness to turbulent times over a thousand years with serenity, simplicity and peace. Nicholas Ferrar and his family formed the first Anglican community here in 1625 after the religious changes of the English Reformation. King Charles I visited in 1642, and sought refuge in 1646.

The poet T.S. Eliot visited in 1936, and was moved to reflect upon the Church and its history in the last of his Four Quartets: Little Gidding.

The Church is in the care of the Giddings PCC, and we invite you to explore this website, and to join us at one of the regular services when you can.

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World Wide Web of Friendship

Nicholas Ferrar wrote to advise his cousin Arthur Woodnoth on a matter of business on 10th May 1630, warning him not to interrupt “…that web of friendship which I hope might otherwise prove a pattern in an age that needs patterns”

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Statue of Nicholas Ferrar
Nicholas Ferrar
The Ferrar family: an example of family piety espoused by the reformed Church of England in 1620s
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Ferrar silver
Visit Lt Gidding at service time
Dates & times of forthcoming services.
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Virtual tour
Explore the interior and exterior of the church.
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Large stained glass crucifixion installed by William Hopkinson
Little Gidding profoundly affected T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot
The poet visited Little Gidding in the spring of 1936.
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The Four Seasons
© Text and photographs by Jillian Wilkinson for the Giddings PCC, March 2003.