St Mary

In the late 1200s the Archbishop of Canterbury established a college here for a master and six canons (priests), which accounts for the large size of this church, and also accounts for the timber framed houses opposite, which were where the master and his canons lived.

Wingham, Kent

Opening times

Church open daily.


Canterbury Road

Rebuilding became necessary in the 16th century, but by then money was short (said to be because the funds raised for the rebuilding were embezzled by the person entrusted with the money). Only the south aisle was rebuilt, and even that was done on a tight budget, as timber was used for the pillars rather than the usual (but pricey) stone.

In the south transept and completely dominating all around it is the bizarre Oxenden monument. Dating from 1682, it consists of a huge obelisk decorated with tumbling fruit and flowers, at the foot of which are four chubby putti, one of whom is holding a helmet.

Other monuments include one to Sir Thomas Palmer of 1624 showing him in Jacobean armour. There are early 14th century misericords in the church, including one depicting a Green Man.

The stone reredos in the chancel is 15th century and from France. It was given as a gift to the church in the 1930s.

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • 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

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