The Parish Council
St Mary's Bay
St Mary in the Marsh
The Church of St Mary the Virgin
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 This was superseded after the Norman invasion by a stone built church with a splendid three tier tower of Kentish ragstone.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.
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.
St Mary's church has a service of worship Holy Communion every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 9.00am.
For information about the St Mary the Virgin churchyard Monumental Inscriptions(M.I.s) please go here.
The Priest in charge is The Rev'd Jim Field:
The Churchwarden can be contacted on