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Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Titchmarsh

St Mary\'s Church, Titchmarsh

In common with many Northamptonshire villages, the Anglican church community plays an important part in the social and religious activities within Titchmarsh and is blessed with the home of the beautiful church of St. Mary the Virgin; a building dating back to the 12th century and perhaps earlier.

The Churchwardens and the Parochial Church Council are pleased to welcome you to these pages and will try to answer any questions or requests. These can be made by e-mailing the contact details shown at the foot of this page.

History

The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, standing in a prominent position on the higher ground to the north of the village, has been the centre of the Christian community in Titchmarsh for some 800 years. The Church is remarkable for its magnificent tower, its long and lofty clerestory, its spacious Chancel, and for its light and uncluttered interior. It also houses a collection of unique and interesting wall monuments.

The building that you see today is not the first Church to have existed on this site. The remains of a C12th doorway in the chancel are the only relic of the Norman building, and the subsequent centuries have each made their distinctive architectural contribution. The building assumed its present appearance when, late in the C15th, the tower, clerestory and porch were added, and the present perpendicular style windows were inserted. In the late 17th and early 18th century the Pickering family contributed a number of important memorials, including one to John Dryden the Poet Laureate who grew up in Titchmarsh.

More recently, the Victorian pews were replaced with comfortable seating creating a large flexible space in which to accommodate concerts and many other village activities. The addition of new toilets and a kitchen area makes St Mary's a church fit for the 21st Century.