St Mary’s Church

The Archbishops of Canterbury and of York have taken the decision based on Government advice that ALL places of Worship must close for the time being. As we know we are seeing a huge increase in the numbers of people falling sick with COVID 19 and we must do all we can to prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

As soon as this advice changes St. Mary’s will be open each day from 10am to 4pm for people to visit for a time to reflect, to say a prayer or just to marvel at a building that has seen so much in its nine hundred years. These visits will be in line with whatever Government regulations are in place at that time.

As many of you know Priscilla Slusar, our vicar, retired in December 2019 and unfortunately the recruitment process, which was well on its way, has had to be stopped. If you would like support from the Church, please ring Bertie Aubrey-Fletcher on 07977579699 who will direct you to Jenny Edmunds who is covering our seven parishes at this time.

“Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment than this.”

Services are usually held on the second Sunday of every month

Service DateStart TimeServiceNotes
April 2020Time to be confirmedNo meeting this month
The building

Since Norman times villagers have worshipped God on this spot, and perhaps even before that, as there was a village here in Saxon times, mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Ciltone. All traces of the Norman church have disappeared except for some stones in the northern wall of the nave and a fragment of 12th-century work over the doorway in the south transept.

Chilton church is unusually interesting on account of the curious development of its plan, and because there are examples of all the main architectural styles of Mediaeval times

Inside the church, looking east up the nave

Tomb of Sir John Croke and his wife, Elizabeth