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ST.MARY THE VIRGIN

St. Mary's is a 13th Century church unusual in that is has a double nave. The chancel of one contains the High Altar and the other the Lady Chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. It is a Grade 1 listed building.

The church was  founded by a charter of Henry III in about 1220 and part of the tower, the nave and the south aisle still remain from the early building which was enlarged over subsequent years.

 

The church site owes much to  Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1414 to his death in 1443, making him the longest serving Archbishop of Canterbury.

Henry was born in Higham Ferrers circa 1362 and despite his advancement to one of the highest positions in the country he never forgot the town of his birth. He was a very generous benefactor to the Borough and in addition to his founding of All Souls College in Oxford and Chichele College in Higham he built and endowed the Bedehouse and the Grammar School, now the Chantry Chapel, which still stand today in the churchyard of St. Mary's and are still in use by the church.

Our churches are open for private prayer and for one said service on Sundays but our online worship continues

United Benefice of St. Mary and St. John

St. Mary the Virgin Church

Church Walk

Higham Ferrers

Northants

NN10 8DL

St. John the Baptist Church

Caldecott Road

Chelveston cum Caldecott

Northants

NN9 6AT

  • St. Mary the Virgin
  • St. John the Baptist