St Mary’s is a place of hope…
In 792 AD Offa, King of Mercia, founded a Benedictine monastery on this site. in 910 the monastery was destroyed by fire and the monks moved to the Abbey at St Albans. The second church, mentioned in the Domesday Book, was partly destroyed by a ‘great wind‘ in 1115, and an earthquake in 1298. The present church dates substantially from the 14th and 15th centuries.
The church was originally dedicated to st Andrew, but came to be known as The Church of St Mary due to the powerful and influential Guild of our Lady founded in the 15th century. One of the glories of this church is its many fine roofs and the carvings associated with them. when you walk around the church don’t forget to look up.