A virtual walk around St Mary's Church

Entering the church On to the West End Go to the Inside of the South Porch

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You are inside the South Door

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South Porch

Inside the South Porch
West Door
Font
North Aisle
North Transept
The Crossing
Chancel
Nave
South Transept
South Aisle
Tower

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History of the Church

On entering the church you are greeted by all the information going on in the church and by a very old and large chest, upon which much of the material is resting. The chest is probably Norman, from its construction, or maybe it is a Tutor replica. Every church had to store all the records of its activities. Our records were stored in this chest. The church used to store all the records as the church was one of the most secure buildings in the town or village.

All the notices that seem to make up a living church are found here. Guide books to the church can be found here.

In the south-west corner of the church is the Children's Corner used by the Toddlers' Church during the week and by the children of the congregation on Sundays. Overlooking it is a window in abstract design installed to mark the coming of the third millennium and evoking a sense of that playfulness is close to the heart of God. Against the west wall in this area there are brass effigies of a knight and his lady.

These two brass effigies (one of a knight) are of Robert Albyn and his wife Margaret, local landowners; they were originally on the top of a table top tomb and date from the 14th century (1360). This is not a likeness of the Albyns, however, as this sort of brass was pretty conventional. Brasses were made in large numbers by London shops for stock so they could be ordered ready-made. The iconography is relatively simple; as the dead man is a Knight, his feet rest on a lion, symbolising courage. The lady's head rests on a cushion, whilst the dog at her feet symbolises fidelity.

On to the West End Go to the Inside of the South Porch