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St Mary's Church, Haddenham
51°45′57″N 0°55′36″W / 51.76583°N 0.92667°W / 51.76583; -0.92667
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Previous denomination Roman Catholic
Website St Mary's, Haddenham
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 21 December 1967
Parish Haddenham with Cuddington, Kingsey and Aston Sandford
Deanery Aylesbury
Archdeaconry Buckingham
Diocese Oxford
Province Canterbury

St Mary's Church is the Church of England parish church of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. It is a Grade I listed building.

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Church and Duck pond


Parts of the church are 12th century Norman, from when the Benedictine abbey of Rochester, Kent held the parish. The first priest was called just Gilbert.

Other parts of the building may be from the original Saxon church, including the font, which has a drawing of a dragon imprinted on it. The tower is Early English Gothic and according to experts, it is the finest demonstration of Early English in the county.

In 2008 the church had major refurbishments, as part of the Millennium 2 project. A new vestry, creche and kitchen were built and the roof was repaired, along with other additions and fixings.

The astronomer William Rutter Dawes is buried in the churchyard. Episodes of the murder mystery television series Midsomer Murders were filmed on the church grounds.


A pipe organ built by Norman and Beard of Norwich was installed in 1967. The organ had been built in 1916 for a church in London, which was bombed in the Second World War. In 2007 this was replaced because its restoration would cost more than a new instrument so a new electric organ was put in the church as part of the parish's Millennium 2 project.

Organ Specifications

The full organ specifications are as follows:

Great Organ
  • Double Diapason 16
  • Open Diapason 8
  • Stopped Diapason 8
  • Dulciana 8
  • Principal 4
  • Flute 4
  • Twelfth 2 2/3
  • Blockflute 2
  • Sesquialtera II Alterable Voice
  • Mixture IV
  • Orchestral Trumpet 8 Alterable Voice
  • Trumpet 8
  • Clarinet 8
  • Swell to Great
  • Swell to Pedal
  • Great to Pedal
  • Swell Tremulant
  • Great Tremulant
  • Gt & Pd Pistons Coupled
  • Auto Pedal
Swell Organ
  • Open Diapason 8
  • Chimney Flute 8
  • Echo Gamba 8
  • Voix Celeste 8
  • Principal 4
  • Rohr Flute 4
  • Fifteenth 2
  • Larigot 1 1/3 Alterable Voice
  • Mixture III
  • Scharf III Alterable Voice
  • Contra Fagotto 16
  • Cornopean 8
  • Oboe 8
  • Clarion 4
  • 8 Pistons to Great
  • 8 Pistons to Swell
  • 8 General Pistons
  • 3 Reversers
Set & Cancel Pistons
  • 8 toe pistons duplicating generals
  • Stop sequencer system with 16 pages and 8 steps per page
  • Sequencer Advance thumb piston in Swell key slip
  • 6 Audio channels
  • Full range speakers South wall
Pedal Organ
  • Contra Bourdon 32 Alterable Voice
  • Open Diapason 16
  • Subbass 16
  • Bourdon 16
  • Octave 8
  • Gedackt 8
  • Choral Bass 4
  • Flute 4
  • Trombone 16
  • Trumpet 8 Alterable Voice
  • Two Expression Pedals
  • Alternative Voicing Programme
  • 64-Stop Library
  • Alesis reverberation unit (characteristics selectable via keyboard commands)
  • Wind noise and wind robbing effects
  • Full MIDI interface
  • Multi LED display showing capture system status, library stop selection and sequencer function
  • 12 different tuning Temperaments
  • Theatre Tremulant switch
  • Headphone socket
  • Transposer and fine tuning control
  • Two additional alterable-voice specifications controlled by pistons (German and French)
  • Five different tunings for celeste
  • 14 speed and 8 depth variations for tremulants
  • Organ Console finished in dark oak"
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The interior of the Church before the renovations
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