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The Church of St Mary the Virgin

The church of St Mary the Virgin, St Mary in the Marsh
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, St Mary in the Marsh

The Church of St Mary the Virgin lies in the heart of St Mary in the Marsh, next to the local public house, The Star, and a few houses.

It is probable that there was a Saxon church on the site originally known as "Siwold's Circe". This was superseded after the Norman invasion by a stone built church with a splendid three tier tower of Kentish ragstone.

The oldest parts of the church are about 1133 AD. The chancel was extended in about 1220 AD. See the history of the church.

Edith Nesbit's grave in St Mary in the Marsh's churchyard bears a wooden grave marker made by her  There is also a memorial plaque to her inside the church.

Inside the church is a memorial plaque commemorating Edith Nesbit, author of "The Railway Children", who lived at St. Mary's Bay. She was buried in the churchyard where her grave is marked by a wooden grave marker made by second husband, Thomas Terry Tucker.

The church is open to visitors every day from 9.00am until dusk.

Services

St Mary's church has a service of worship Holy Communion every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 9.00am.
On the second Sunday of each month at 6.30pm there is Evensong service.

On any 5th Sunday there is a single service in one of the 8 churches in the joint benefices so there is generally no service at St Mary's on such a Sunday.

Churchyard

For information about the St Mary the Virgin churchyard Monumental Inscriptions(M.I.s) please go here.

Contact

The Priest in charge is The Rev'd Jim Field:
  The Vicarage

  North Street
  New Romney
  Kent TN28 8DR
  Telephone Icon 01797 362308

The Churchwarden can be contacted on
Telephone Icon 01797 363198

Web Icon Historical and Archaeological Survey 1994

Organ Recital by Steve Ansell
St Mary's Summer Prom Concerts 2013

 

Inside of St Mary the Virgin Church
Inside of St Mary the Virgin Church

 

Edith Nesbit buried in the churchyard
Edith Nesbit buried in the churchyard

 

Plaque remembering Edith Nesbit
Plaque remembering Edith Nesbit