St Mary’s Church

2467 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel


Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

St Mary’s is a timeless flint built church in the centre of the village. It has a big buttressed tower with north west tower giving access to the bells. The clerestory nave has been rendered and has a shining metal roof. The flint side aisles and chancel are lower. The north porch has a flushwork border round the base and the aisle buttresses have decorative flushwork.

Although the church dates back to the 12thC, the chancel, most of the nave and tower were built in the early 14thC with side aisles added later. The porch is 15thC and inside is a massive oak doorway.

It escaped the Victorian restorations. Inside it feels a big church. It is light and airy with plenty of light flooding in through the plain glass windows. There are slender octagonal pillars with pointed arches separating nave and side aisles. It has a simple wood beam roof. Traces of paint can be seen on the side aisle roofs.

At the back of the nave are 15thC pews with poppyheads and carved ends with animals, bird and mythical beasts. Unfortunately many have been damaged either during the Reformation or by the Iconoclasts during the Commonwealth. Nearer the chancel are box pews which were used by the gentry.

At the back of the church is a 15thC font with 16thC cover painted blue with small gold motifs. The 16thC pulpit was later converted into a three decker pulpit with a readers desk in front. The two wooden boards on the north wall list charitable gifts.

There is a simple pointed arch into the chancel with a table altar under the east window. The side windows in the chancel have narrow side pillars with carved capitals with small carved heads at the base of the arches. There is an old chest gently collapsing. On the floor are tomb stones, now minus their brass. There is a single seat sedilia on the south wall which continues as a bench under the later window. There is an aumbry and piscina beyond.

The north chancel chapel is surrounded by a splendid parclose screen, complete with loft above. This is a rare survival. The base panels are painted in reds and blues. The delicate tracery is painted in browns, reds, oranges and blue. It is very beautiful. The chapel is reserved for private prayer and has a simple table altar and more 15thC benches.

The Bardolph tomb in the south chantry chapel is surrounded by the base of a carved and painted parclose screen which has metal spikes around the top. On top are beautifully carved alabaster effigies of Sir William d 1441 and his wife. He is wearing armour, picked out with gold. His feet rest on a gilded eagle. His wife has a blue and red painted cloak. Her feet have a wyvern with gilded wings. William was chamberlain to Henry VI, a hero of Agincourt and Harfleur and a knight of the garter.

On the wall above is a fine 17thC monument to the Rous family with two kneeling figure with a skull on the wall above them. Pillars support a canopy with shields above.

This is another nice church with some splendid wood carvings and one of the best an almost complete parclose screens. The church is open daylight hours and there is parking in a small layby by the entrance to the church.

Silver Travel Advisor

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.