St Mary’s Church, Byton

St Marys Byton<br />

St. Mary’s, Byton, is one of the least known churches, but historically one of the most interesting, a reflection of local and national events. People have worshipped here for 1300 years, near the Iron Age settlement on Wapley Hill and overlooking the Lugg Valley into Wales. But the Border was always an unsettled area of murderous raiding. “Boctune” in 1066 was held of the King by the Norman Osbern fitz Richard.

The Saxon Church was rebuilt by the Normans (windows and door arch are shown on a sketch dated 1850). Raids by Welsh Princes destroyed Byton’s Churches in 1262 and 1402, but they were rebuilt, and the manor prospered in spite of the Black Death.

The 15th Century Church survived until a fire in 1857. The subsequent Victorian replacement incorporated few traces of earlier churches though the font, and the tympanum on the south wall, date from the late 11th Century and the tombs in the nave from the 17th. The clock is a memorial to those killed in the Great War.

More information about St Mary’s Byton can be found on the Church of England website: “A Church Near You”

Click the link below to visit the St Mary’s page:

A Church Near You

Church Contacts

Steve Weaver

Mr Steve Weaver – 01544 267815 – Church Warden

Simon Edwards

Mr Simon Edwards – 01544 267430 – Church Warden

Donations to St Mary’s Church, Byton

All donations are most gratefully received and help us to preserve this wonderful building for our community.

Donations can be made by cash or cheque when visiting the Church, or you can donate via bank transfer using the details below:

Sort Code: 30-94-99
Account Number: 00509867
Account Name: PCC of Byton


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