The Friends of St Mary's Church, Newport, Essex

              Supporting St. Mary the Virgin, Newport since 2000

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St. Mary the Virgin, Newport has stood in the heart of the village for almost 800 years, with construction starting in the 13th century and continuing throughout the 14th and 15th centuries.

 

It is a grade I listed building of great historic and architectural importance, housing a number of treasures including the "Newport Chest", a portable altar of the late 12th century.

 

The 15th century tower was completely rebuilt in 1858-59 following a lightning strike whilst the priest's chamber above the porch hold a library founded by Dr Thomas Bray, thought to be one of only three in Essex still in situ.

 

The entire church, including furniture, fittings and architectural details has recently been recorded by The National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts.

 

 

 

It is a place of regular worship - many country churches no longer have services every week.

It is used by the community for baptisms, weddings and funerals. It is the largest building in the village and is also used for concerts and other events.

The church is open every day for prayer and quiet reflection, and for visitors to look round - it is not locked as some churches have had to be.

St Mary the Virgin has served the local community for almost 800 years, as a place for people to express their joys and sorrows, celebrations and thanksgiving. Our forbears provided this church, now it's our turn to make sure it is looked after.

Even if you are not a regular churchgoer this magnificent building and its churchyard is still there for everyone.

 

 

English Heritage’s particular concern is the roof.  However, following detailed survey in June 2011, the architect requested that the area around the stairs to the Priest’s Room be cordoned off as a safety measure.

 

The work now in progress will address the most serious matters, but there is still a significant shortfall in the funds needed to complete it

Conservation is Key

The war memorial was restored in 2014 for the anniversary of the start of the First World War (a village project rather than Friends or PCC)

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It is a place of regular worship - many country churches no longer have services every week.

 

It is used by the community for baptisms, weddings and funerals. It is the largest building in the village and is also used for concerts and other events.

 

The church is open every day for prayer and quiet reflection, and for visitors to look round - it is not locked as some churches have had to be.

 

St Mary the Virgin has served the local community for almost 800 years, as a place for people to express their joys and sorrows, celebrations and thanksgiving. Our forbears provided this church, now it's our turn to make sure it is looked after.

 

Even if you are not a regular churchgoer this magnificent building and its churchyard is still there for everyone.

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