History and Architecture
From the time of the Domesday book in 1086 a church has
stood on this tranquil site. It is approached by an avenue of lime
trees, twelve on either side which reputedly represent the twelve tribes
of Israel in the Old Testament or the apostles in the New Testament.
Restoration in the 1860s has left its mark on a mainly 14th Century
church with a 13c doorway
The church boasts a fine collection of
stained glass. This includes the pieces of medieval glass and Henry
Holliday's (1839-1927) colourful work of art depicting the Presentation
of Christ in the Temple.
The east window is in memory of Thomas
Hallifax of Chadacre Hall d. 1850. Miss Helen Hallifax had a memorial
window erected in 1863 to her sister Maria and in 1871 presented an
organ to the church. There is also a memorial window to Miss Helen
Halifax d. 1878.
Thomas Hallifax, a London banker, and his family were great
benefactors of Shimpling and the surrounding area. Over time they built
houses, the school, the schoolhouse, the coal house and made extensive
renovations to the church.
An impressive mausoleum of the Hallifax
family stands close to the church.
Shimpling Parish Council - Village History".
Significant repair work was carried out on the tower in 2012 in line
with the latest quinquennial report. As well as work on the tower
parapet and the south belfry light, the north nave buttress was repaired
and new belfry louvres installed.