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St. Mary The Virgin St. Mary The Virgin

Set in a steeply-banked churchyard beside a small wood, St. Mary The Virgin serves a scattered parish of isolated hamlets close to the Wiltshire border. The Saxons brought Christianity to the valley in the 6th century, although no evidence of a pre-Norman foundation has been discovered.

The earliest part of the church – now the chancel – is Norman, and the first section of the current nave was added in the 12th Century, with a further extension sometime after 1420. There is evidence of further repairs probably in the 17th or 18th century.

A watercolour painting of the church from the 1840's provides some evidence that the church burnt down subsequent to this date, though no accounts have been discovered. Though the floor of the nave displays the usual 17th and 18th century sepulchral slabs, the interior is largely Victorian, as are the plate glass windows which bear further testimony to the conflagration which is said to have consumed the church in the middle of the 19th century.

The church has a very fine western doorway from ca. 1220, a very good example of late Norman, almost Early English work in Hampshire, and a fine feature of a rather humble building with its excellent detail in Binstead stone from the Isle of Wight.

Information provided with kind permission of Jill Palmer.

Parish Sunday Services

Date Place Service Time


Church of England Services

St Peter’s, Hurstbourne Tarrant & St Mary’s, Vernham Dean are now                                                                                             OPEN for private prayer and contemplation

For details of opening times please visit   
Our local Sunday services in November are shown below. 

Tuesday 2nd November: 7:30 pm All Souls Service at Hurstbourne Tarrant

Sunday 7th November: 10:00 a.m Pastrow Family Gathering at Christ Church, Hatherden

                                       04:00 pm Holy Communion at Weyhill

Sunday 14th November: 10:45 a.m Remembrance Sunday Service at Hurstbourne Tarrant

                                        10:45 a.m  Remembrance Sunday Service at Vernham Dean

Sunday, 21st November: 08:30 a.m BCP Holy Communion at Hurstbourne Tarrant

                                         10:00 a.m Holy Communion at Vernham Dean

Sunday 28th November  10:00 a.m Family Service at Hurstbourne Tarrant

                                         10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Vernham Dean

























Sunday 21 June (Second Sunday after Trinity):

Genesis 21: 8-21; Romans 6: 1b-11, Matthew 10: 24-39 (Psalm 86: 1-10; 16-17)

Sunday 28 June (Third Sunday after Trinity):

Genesis 22: 1-14, Romans 6: 12-23, Matthew 10: 40-42 (Psalm 13)


The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close.

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others for prayer, worship, study, and community life.

The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning 01264 736565 or emailing

 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength...Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips. 

Our churches of St Mary’s & St Peter’s  are currently CLOSED in accordance with instructions issued by HM Government and in common with all Church of England churches

Please see the noticeboards by the churchyards and at the Millennium Hall for details of our re-opening

The Foodbank collection point at St Mary’s Church is temporarily closed to donations. 

Until the church can re-open please take donations to the Stores in Enham Alamein or directly to the Foodbank

Particularly needed at present are:

Tinned Fish

Tinned Meat

Tinned Fruit

Tinned Rice Pudding

Sugar (500g)

Potatoes (instant/tinned)

Long life Milk

Long life Fruit Juice


Tinned Spaghetti/Pasta

Tin openers


Soap and Deodorant