A virtual walk around St Mary's Church

The Chancel The Crossing The Sanctuary The chancel as decorated in Victorian times

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South Porch
Inside the South Porch
South Entrance
West Door
North Aisle
North Transept
The Crossing
South Transept
South Aisle


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History of the Church

Looking up through the chancel to the sanctuary with the high altar. With this view you can gain a sense of the height of the vaulted ceiling.

A View of the Chancel from the crossing.Earlier pictures of this have shown very fine painting on the walls and ceilings that were covered up when the chancel was repainted following the fire in the vestry. Each of the arches was decorated with patterns done in the late 1800's. Only a few photographs of these remain. View these

The chancel is different from other parts of the church in that it has a stone vaulted roof, which is covered by a more recent tiled roof outside. This is one of the finest low vaulted ceiling in the country, which was completed in about 1150. The chancel and the tower are the oldest parts of the church.

The Neo-gothic choir stalls have some very elaborate carvings. Made in the 1890's from oak The choir stalls and the two covered desks were given to the church by a generous benefactors, Miss Helen and Miss Ann Varney.

On the north wall of the chance! are the Royal Arms of George III, dated 1767. Below are the names of two churchwardens in 1767, Thomas Kellam and William Aidwin. After the reign of George III, churches were no longer required to display the Royal Coat of Arms.

The Crossing The Sanctuary