St Mary the Virgin - A 12th century church
St. Mary the
Virgin - Appeal for Funds for an urgent repairs to the Woodville Tower
and Memorial tomb of John Woodville, great grandfather of Elizabeth
Woodville Tower and Tomb
Urgent repairs are required to the roof of the Woodville
Tower; portions of the lead have slipped exposing
the roof timbers to the weather. Some of the lead on the roof show dates
0f 1692, 1743 and 1744.
While this work is
being carried out we plan to refurbish the tower by:
Replacing the existing wooden ladders, which give access to bell
chamber, with modern safety ladders.
Replacing a rotton wooden floor the bell chamber.
Putting in a new floor above the ground floor for the bell ringers
to ring from.
The existing vestry can them be moved to the ground floor of the
The John Woodville tomb was moved from a central position in the church
to the back of the West end of the church in the 19th
century. This end of the church suffers greatly from damp, our 12c
century church has no foundations, and as a consequence the stonework
has suffered over the last 100 years.
The tomb is listed by Churchcare as one of the top 100 church treasures
in U.K. Churchcare is fund
raising for the restoration of these treasures and has started work on
the restoration process when funds have been donated .
By moving the vestry to the tower the tomb can be moved back to a
central position in the church.
You can make a donation
directly to the church funds through our
account. Just visit
and use our
firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
the visit of the Bishop of Peterborough in April 2014
Detailed History of St Mary the Virgin Church
Church Bells and Bell Tower
We welcome young, old and everyone inbetween, and we welcome worshippers of all faiths. Join us for a cup of coffee
and a chat after the service. Our monthly church services are held
on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 11 a.m.
We celebrate Holy Communion, Morning Service, and Festival services
throughout the year. For the younger members of the congregation we hold
a Sunday school group while the main service is taking place.
For further information or if you have any queries, please email the
Marriages and Funerals
For information regarding Christenings, Marriages or Funerals please
contact the Rector of the Parish
Grand Union Benefice
St. Mary the Virgin at Grafton Regis is one of five churches in the
Grand Union benefice. The benefice consists of the parishes of: Blisworth,
Milton Malsor, Stoke Bruerne and Shutlanger, Alderton and Grafton Regis.
The services for each church are published in Grass, the church magazine
and available on their website.
Grass is the
original church newsletter for the parishes of Grafton Regis, Alderton
and Stoke Bruerne with Shutlanger, hence the name. The Rector of
the Parish is the Rev'd Andrea Watkins.
Brief history of the Church
original building on the site of St Mary the Virgin was built in the
Norman times and is recorded as early as 1189. Very little remains of
the original building as it has been extended, built up and generally
tinkered with through the centuries.
For further information or if you have any queries, you may email the