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Great St Mary's Church, front view   We invite you to look at our church. 

As well as being a vibrant place of worship, the church building has a long history and priceless architectural heritage. 

Famous local families, including the Chauncey's, the Jocelyn's, the Wiseman's and the Leventhorpe's are remembered in this building through its memorials and monumental brasses.  

The Friends of Great St Mary's are a group dedicated to raising funds for looking after the church building. For more details of the Friends, CLICK HERE

Great St Mary's was built from flintstone and mortar on a site that is believed to go back to pre-Domesday times (11th Century). 

In the base of the tower is a 'Pudding Stone' which indicates that this had previously been an ancient pagan site of worship which had been adopted/converted to Christianity.

Pudding stone in base of tower                             The War Memorial

The churchyard contains a memorial to those who died in the two Great Wars. Amongst the gravestones can be found that of Joseph Vick, who was one of the few survivors of the valliant six-hundred who "rode into the valley of death" in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War in 1854. 

About the bells - click here to find out more

The church may have had royal connections. It is sometimes said that  Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn worshipped here. Anne Boleyn was certainly granted the Manor of Pishiobury by her husband Henry VIII in 1534 so it is within the realms of possibility.

Here is the view of the church from the south side, showing the entrance porch.  
Click on the door in the picture to go in:

East side of church


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