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The building, opening and financing of the church

  • November 5th, 1857 – foundation stone was laid by the Hon. Richard Cavendish, of Thornton Hall.


  • Richard Cavendish granted ground for the Church, Churchyard, and Schools and contributed £1,200 to the building fund.


  • May 10th, 1858 – chancel was consecrated and opened for Divine Service.


  • A large portion of that sum was at once expended on the school rooms and mistress’ house: the remained was spent in building a chancel and church yard wall. When these were finished, the money was found to be finished too, and as no more was forthcoming just then, the chancel was boarded up, and Divine service has been celebrated in the schoolroom up to the present times.  (Bucks Chronicle)
  • July 1861 building recommenced and completed church opened 8th February 1862 with a Divine service by the Bishop of Oxford, followed by a feast for the male poor of the parish (being householders) in the schoolroom.
  • Sunday 9th February 1862 the Bishop held a confirmation in the church, and the following day the women and children were regaled with tea and cakes.
  • The nave was built in 1861; it was simplified from the original designs of 1856. (Buildings of Buckinghamshire, Pevsner)
  • The tithes of Nash were commuted for land at the time of the inclosure of waste or common lands here in 1831, and conveyed to the Vicar of Whaddon, though Nash no longer forms part of Whaddon parish.
  • The church was endowed with £30 per annum by the Society of New College, Oxford, chargeable on the college estate in Whaddon.
  • The living is annexed to the rectory of Thornton, tithe rent-charge £254, net joint yearly value £229, with 1¼ acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Cavendish trustees.


  • For information about a scandal and why the money dried up click here.
  • For the newspaper report on the opening of the church click here.
  • For extracts from various books referring to Nash church click here.
  • For the information about the church given in the Nash Millennium Chronicle, 1999, click here.

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