Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet
Home of the Bures Dragon

The Wissington Dragon

St Mary the Virgin Church

Dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, this small, charming eleventh century Norman church (Grade 1 listed) standing near to the River Stour between Bures and Nayland, with a notable ornamented south door, fine Norman chancel arch, and unique C15 font.

On the north wall there is a late 14th-century painting of a very lively looking dragon, painted over an earlier scene. The very informative church guidebook suggests that the dragon may refer to a passage in the Chronicle of Henry de Blaneford of St Albans Abbey, written in 1405.
Being a later addition, he is quite out of scale with the other images which were painted much earlier.

Published 06/04/2021