St Mary the Virgin Church

The church of St Mary the Virgin was originally founded in 670AD as a small monastic parish church. It would have been built using the inexpensive materials of mud and wood. Today, the present church was started by the Saxons and then enlarged and absorbed by the Normans. The chancel is typically 'Early English' in architecture and style, and the beautiful nave has remained in its present form since 1150.

St Mary's Church, traditionally called the 'Cathedral of the Marshes', boasts a set of 18 superbly preserved Misericords (quire stalls). At the west end of the of the nave, it is interesting to observe the Roman bricks, which were used in the masonry of both the wall and the Norman tower. An older Saxon turret is also incorporated into the massive Norman tower, carrying a belfry with a peal of five bells. St Mary's Church spans centuries, but still retains an indescribable, peace-filled calm. We urge you to come and visit!

The Old Schools, conveniently situated in the churchyard, was originally the village school, running from 1847 to 1946. It's now put to good use by the church for community functions, and can be hired by local groups.

The church is open daily, 9am - 4pm in winter and 9am - 6pm in summer

2 wheelchairs available for visitors to use free of charge

Public toilets and car park within 100m


  • Pets welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Groups welcome
  • Step-free access
  • Accessible parking
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
  • wheelchair hire