St. Mary Magdalene is the parish church for Littleton, Shepperton Green, Charlton Village and Ashford Common (South). It forms a United Benefice with St Nicholas Church, Shepperton.
Built in 1135, the church consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, south aisle, west tower, and some buildings on the north of the chancel, which were burial places for the Wood family but are now transformed into vestries.
There are some simple 15th-century pews in the nave, and in the vestry is an old iron-bound chest of the reign of Henry VIII, ornamented with leather and nail work. The pulpit is good 18th-century work, and at the west end of the nave is a large organ. The font is octagonal on a round stem, and is ancient but extremely plain.
In the north wall of the chancel is a brass inscription taken up from the floor, 'Here lyeth Lady Blanche Vaughan, sometyme wyfe of Syr Hugh Vaughan, knight, who lyeth buryed at Westmynst' whych Lady Blanche decessyd the VIIIth day of deceber, An° Dni m vcliii whose soules Ihu pdon.' There are several later monuments to the family of Wood.
In the church are eight pairs of colours of the Grenadier Guards, and two red ensigns belonging to the same.
There are three bells by W. Eldridge, 1666.
Of very much more recent note, this church appears in the feature length version of Dad's Army, which was filmed at the nearby Shepperton Studios.
The cache is only a micro, but it is placed in a tupperware box for protection - you are therefore looking for a small container. The log is right inside. Bring your own pen - the cache is starting out its life with a stubby pencil, but these have a habit of disappearing :-) .
This cache is placed within the church grounds by kind permission of the Reverend. Be aware this is an active church, with regular services, so please be considerate when looking for the cache. Also remember that the grounds are a graveyard. It is not necessary to go too close to any grave to find the cache.
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