St Mary’s Church in Aylesbury is a friendly, welcoming Anglican Church situated right in the centre of Aylesbury town, it has its own little cathedral like close in St Mary’s Square, surrounded by old houses. The church welcomes the community to be part of their services or even just to visit the historic building and take in the beautiful architecture and surrounding grounds.
The church community at St Mary’s do their best to create a warm atmosphere where everyone is welcome and able to use the church as a safe, reflective environment. Acknowledging it can be scary going to a church service for the first time the church do what they can to make everyone feel relaxed and at home in the church, part of the community.
It is a classic example of a large town church of the 13th century and with the inclusion of a massive central tower. The tower features a square lead clad clock-stage with arcaded parapet and pinnacles above which rises a short lead clad spire, known as a Hertfordshire Spike. The church is one of the most iconic sights of Aylesbury with its elaborate clock tower dominating the towns’ skyline. The church is currently listed as a Grade I building as it is a building of exceptional interest.
The Anglican church of the Diocese of Oxford, there is evidence of a church from Saxon times, but the present building was built sometime between 1200 and 1250. The church underwent various additions and alterations in the 14th, 15th, 19th and 20th century. Sir George Gilbert Scott supported extensive restoration work on the church in the 1850s and 60s, including the replacement of the late Perpendicular east window.
The feature that is known as the highlight of the church is its Norman font, it is one of several in Buckinghamshire called ‘Aylesbury’ fonts. It is shaped like a chalice and has delicate carving based on foliage. The Norman font has a beautiful chancel arch that was rebuilt in the fourteenth century, and a fine fifteenth-century queen-post roof over the nave. Sunday service at St Mary’s is 10am, where everyone is welcomed by a friendly team. In terms of opening hours building is open most of the week, but St Mary’s church believe the essence of the church exists throughout the community during the working week. St Mary’s church do what they can to get involved with and support the local Aylesbury community.