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St Mary

A Norman (12th century) church, St Mary’s is rich in interesting features including the famous ‘Bed Bug’ weather vane which is said to have been put there to commemorate King John’s fateful visit to the village.

Kingsclere, Berkshire

Opening times

Usually during daylight hours, every day.
The church is open every day for visitors, for those wanting a quiet place to sit and think and for those wishing to pray. The church is also used for other community events and hosts concerts, art exhibitions etc.
Coffee, tea and cakes are served here every Saturday morning between 10am to 12noon, please do come and say hello!


Swan Street
RG20 5PJ

St Mary’s church is, as its appearance suggests, Norman (12th century) in origin and is a building of significant historical interest. There has been a church on the site for over 1000 years, the present church being built on the site of a former Saxon minster.

Much of the present building dates from a major rebuilding in the 19th century.

There are many interesting features including its unusual weather vane which is affectionately known locally as The Bedbug. Legend has it that its design was determined by King John, who on one occasion being prevented from reaching his hunting lodge on Cottington Hill by fog had to spend a night in the local inn where his night was badly disturbed by bedbugs!

The church is open every day for visitors, for those wanting a quiet place to sit and think and for those wishing to pray.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • ABC (pre-schoolers service) on third Monday of the month 9.30am. Toast for Tots toddler group every Wednesday 9.30am. Morning Prayer every Wednesday morning 9am. Prayer Group every Friday 9.30am. Breakfast every Sunday 8.45am (service begins 9.15am).

  • Church of England

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