St Mary’s, Pembridge

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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.

More information about St Mary's, Pembridge can be found on the Church of England website: “A Church Near You” and the Churches Trust website.

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

A Church Near YouChurches Trust

Church Contacts

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.

In Person:

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

Bank Transfer:

Sort Code: 40-28-13
Account Number: 71305085
Account Name: Pembridge PCC

Online Donations:

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 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

Bronwen Lewis in Concert

Bronwen Lewis in Concert

Friday 5th July, 7.30pm in Pembridge Church Tickets - £20 to include light refreshments We have managed to book Welsh singer/songwriter, Bronwen Lewis, to perform in concert, in Pembridge Church on the evening of Friday 5th July this year.  Her warm music style...

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