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St Andrew’s Chesterton

History of St Andrew's Chesterton

A church has existed at this site since at least Norman times. A detailed history is available here:

Church history

The church has famous 15th century wall painting called ‘The Doom Painting’.

The Doom Painting

It is also famous for its association with Olaudah Equiano, a slave from Nigeria who eventually bought his freedom and came to England where he wrote about his experiences.

Olaudah Equiano

There is an interesting memorial to his daughter, Anna Maria Vassa who died in 1797 aged four just by the entrance to the church.



Further land at the church site was consecrated.

19.7.1912 Bishop of Ely consecrates additional land

19.7.1912 Bishop of Ely consecrates additional land


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