St Mary the Virgin


The church is in the centre of the village, and is grade I listed for its historic, architectural and topographical importance. It is a landmark visible for miles around. It houses a number of treasures including the "Newport Chest", a portable altar of the late C12th with oil paintings, and an octagonal font of similar ageThe oldest parts of the building are the chancel, nave and transepts from the early 13th century, and which incorporates a fragment of a Saxon cross. The porch is C15th, over which is a priest’s room containing a library founded by Dr Thomas Bray in the C18thThere are brasses from 1515 and 1608, and stained glass in the north transept from the early 14th century. The screen is C15th. The tower was rebuilt in 1858-59 after the C15th tower was struck by lightning. It contains six bells, the earliest about 1450The entire church, including furniture, fittings and architectural details have been recorded by The National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts.

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