Dating back to the 12th century St Mary's is a Grade I listed building rich in history, boasting four impressive Norman arches. Most of the west end of the church, including the base of the tower, was built in the 14th and 15th centuries of locally quarried Island Stone.
There are memorials in the church to three former rectors who went on to become Bishops. Thomas Ken, a famous hymn writer (Awake My Soul), Samuel Wilberforce, son of William Wilberforce, the anti-slavery reformer and George Moberly, the first Bishop to hold a Diocesan Synod. William Fox, famous pioneering palaeontologist, was curate at Brighstone.
The project will address the very poor condition of three areas of the church roof, caused by continual weathering over many decades, focusing on repairs to the roof and water drainage systems.