St Mary the Virgin

The lady lay in quiet repose, medieval mystery of our beautiful woman of Worldham. St Mary the Virgin sits prominently on the crossroads at Worldham Hill.

East Worldham, Hampshire

Opening times

The church is open 9am to 5pm.


Church Lane
East Worldham
GU34 3AQ

St Mary the Virgin was built in it’s present form in the 13th century but quite obviously sits on the site of a much earlier Anglo Saxon building. It’s position is no accident. An ancient forest track on the road to Alton meets another at a crossroads here and next to the church runs an old Roman road on route to Silchester. There has therefore quite possibly been a place of worship on the site since Pagan times.

The pretty wooden belfry looks out across miles of Hampshire and Surrey countryside and you do feel as if you are on top of the world.

Inside, a delightful 14th century female effigy allows for some historical conjecturing. Who was this lady with her fine clothes and how might she relate to this ancient manor?

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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