Church of St. Mary the Virgin

The Village Church

Welcome to the church and community pages for the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Titchmarsh. In common with many Northamptonshire villages, the Anglican church community plays an important part in the social and religious activities within Titchmarsh and is blessed with the home of the beautiful church of St. Mary the Virgin; a building dating back to the 12th century and perhaps earlier. We hope the web pages listed on the right provide you with the information you seek regarding church life and the building itself.

History

The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, standing in a prominent position on the higher ground to the north of the village, has been the centre of the Christian community in Titchmarsh for some 800 years. The Church is remarkable for its magnificent tower, its long and lofty clerestory, its spacious Chancel, and for its light and uncluttered interior. It also houses a collection of unique and interesting wall monuments. The building that you see today is not the first Church to have existed on this site. The remains of a C12th doorway in the chancel are the only relic of the Norman building, and the subsequent centuries have each made their distinctive architectural contribution. The building assumed its present appearance when, late in the C15th, the tower, clerestory and porch were added, and the present perpendicular style windows were inserted. In the late 17th and early 18th century the Pickering family contributed a number of important memorials, including one to John Dryden the Poet Laureate. In the 19th century a number of the windows had stained glass inserted, a vestry was added in the northwest corner, and much of the internal woodwork was replaced (including the pews, recently adapted to provide more mobile seating).

 

Parochial Church Council

The Parochial Church Council meets every month on the second Wednesday. The annual vestry and parochial church meeting is held each year in the second week of April. Members of the village wishing to assist in the running of the church are welcome to join the council and should contact one of the churchwardens. Current members of the PCC are:

  • Stephen Barber (churchwarden and lay chairman)
  • Sharon Bell
  • Mary Cheney (parish safeguarding officer and deanery synod representative)
  • Anita Dunn
  • Sue Greasley (secretary)
  • Jenny Harper
  • Richard Hughes
  • Peter James
  • Jim Mynors (rector)
  • Julia Powell (churchwarden)
  • Jackie Rowe (treasurer)
For more details please contact ju.powell@btinternet.com.