St Mary’s, Pembridge
Could you help us by donating a few hours of your time in helping us manage the day to day running of our church?
We are looking for volunteers to help clean, manage the churchyard and be part of the flower rota.
If you are interested please contact either Gill or Jacqui whose contact details are listed below. We look forward to hearing from you!
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The church was built in the 14th century, on the site of an earlier Norman church. It was probably the wealth of the Mortimers which contributed to such a fine big building. The fine old oak door boasts a medieval knocker where wrong doers were given sanctuary by holding on to it.
The carving on the pulpit, altar rails and lectern are Restoration period (c1660), those on the Reading Desk much earlier, possibly from the earlier church. The interior features some interesting memorials, floor and wall tablets are worth a read. Who was the little boy, aged 4½ years old, buried in the chancel, near the Rector’s vestry?
On the walls are 17th century wall paintings that were discovered under a layer of whitewash–The Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. The exterior of the west door shows bullet holes, thought to be the work of Cromwell’s soldiers when Pembridge was the scene of fierce fighting during the Civil War.
Outside on the south wall, very close to the sealed south door are four primitive scratch dials, a very early form of sundial. Try it on a sunny day!.
There are some wonderful stone effigies, unusually a Sergeant at law, his son (a steward), along with their wives. After research into what they were wearing and how they were made, the 14th century costumes (including the undergarments and shoes) worn by the effigies were recreated by a small group and these can be seen on display near the Lady Chapel.
At the west end of the church are the beautiful Pembridge Tapestries and the Pembridge Map (both completed by local stitchers). The tapestries bring to life some of the key moments in the history of the village from Doomsday to the 20th century along with some myths from the local area. The map shows all the houses and buildings that make up the village of Pembridge.
The bell tower rises in three timber framed stages from a roughly octagonal stone base and is almost unique in England.
Mrs Jacqui Thomas – 01544 388471 – Church Warden
Mrs Gill Smith – 01544 388441 – Church Warden
Donations to St Mary’s Church, Pembridge with Moorcourt
All donations are most gratefully received and help us to preserve these wonderful buildings for our community.
Donations can be made by cash or cheque when visiting the Churches, or you can donate via bank transfer using the details below:
Sort Code: 40-28-13
Account Number: 71305085
Account Name: Pembridge PCC
Alternatively, you can donate via our ‘Give A Little’ account by clicking the link below or scanning the QR code:
You are also invited to support us as you shop on-line by signing up to Easyfundraising.org.uk and selecting Pembridge Church. A donation will be placed into Pembridge Church with Moorcourt funds as and when you shop via this website.
Updates from St Mary’s, Pembridge
We had a very successful and enjoyable day on the 18th November with a variety of stallholders showcasing their products and crafts. The footfall was up on that of last year which was very pleasing with the number of stalls and variety of crafts on display giving the...
A group of people met on the 14th October to prepare the ground for our wild flower area in front of the belfry. The ground was scarified and all the moss and grass collected before scattering seeds over the area. We are now looking forward to seeing the results of...
During the Middle Ages, the Woodcock Fayre was a hiring fair held in November in Pembridge Market Hall and was an important place for agricultural labourers across the country to seek work from landowners. The practice carried on through the 19th and into the...