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St Mary’s Church at Abbotts Ann

Our church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin is a place of tranquility where residents and visitors alike can worship God at regular services or reflect in private. Its boxed pews remind us that people have worshipped on this site for centuries. St Mary’s monuments are a rich source for family historians and the church houses the largest collection of virgin crowns in the country. These crowns, of wood and paper, made in memory of people who were born and died unmarried within the parish, are the last survivors of an ancient custom that is still alive here. Yet the church looks forward too, serving the school and the wider community. In return, this rare and unusual Grade 1 listed building, and its shady churchyard are cherished and maintained by many people who value the spiritual and historical focus this beautiful and peaceful spot provides for the village.

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The content of the pages about the history of St. Mary’s Parish Church except the pictures have been extracted from the book entitled “Abbotts Ann in Hampshire” which was researched and written by Pamela King and published privately by G.E. King in 1992. Our thanks goes to Mrs. King for agreeing to allow extracts to be published on this web site. If you would like to purchase a complete copy of this excellent book then please send an e-mail by clicking here

Projects, Plans & Missions

  WC update Planning permission has been granted for a stand-alone WC facility on the south side of the church opposite the door to the bell tower. This means that we can now invite tenders and make approaches to funding organisations for grant aid for this project.      

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Your Life Events

If you are interested in marking a special occasion such as a baptism or wedding with us please contact our Anna Benefice administrator, Sue Stephens, at officeannabenefice@gmail.com.  

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What’s Happening at St Mary’s

We’re not just an attractive Grade 1 listed building, there is a lot going on in our little church. For one-off events at the church please see the village website calendar. Celebrating 300 years since the building of the current St Mary’s Church   There is a service every week at …

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History of St Mary’s

The Christian faith came to southern England during the Roman occupation, but did not long survive their departure. The waves of Saxon invaders who sailed up the local rivers brought their own pagan; gods with them. Cerdic the Saxon, who ruled Hampshire by AD. 500 claimed descent from the Norse god Woden. St Augustine, first …

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Church Property Documents

Various documents list property belonging to the Church At various times the church authorities made a “Terrier” or inventory of their property. A Terrier of the Glebe Lands of the Parsonage, AD 1638, lists holdings of strips in various fields as does another dated 1766. This second one lists in detail the buildings that went …

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The Virgins’ Crowns

Abbotts Ann is one of the very few parishes in which the medieval custom of awarding Virgins’ Crowns has survived. In the early days of Christianity, funeral garlands were emblems of Virgin Martyrs and the practice of making maidens’ garlands presumably derives from that. Shakespeare, in referring to the burial of …

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Church Bells

The earliest reference to the bells occurs in 1607 when they were re-cast. The memorandum says that: “The foure Bells in Abbatts An church were altogether new cast, by Mr. John Wallys of Salsbury in November, Anno 1607. We had but three belles, and did cast them into 4 adding to them 127 li. of …

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List of Rectors

Rectors of Abbotts Ann    1379-138?  Walter Philippe  1774-1830  Thomas Burrough    1541-1554  John Adamson  1831-1873 Hon. Samuel Best    1554-1569  Stephen Tennannt 1873-1903 James Burrough Fenwick    1570-1587  John Bonamie 1903-1929 Frederick de Paravicini    1587-1595  Thus. Pemhridge 1929-1940 Herbert Stcadman    1595-1599  Martin Heaton 1940-1967 P. Kingsford Venner    1599-1633  John Johnson 1968-1975 …

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Who’s Who at the Church

  Priest in Charge   Ministry Team Revd. Katrina Dykes revdkatrina@gmail.com Revd. Nicky Judd    revdnickyannabenefice@gmail.com Tim Tayler llmtimannabenefice@gmail.com Peter Eastwood       peter@eastwood.me.uk 07922 153765   729075   710201   353320           Churchwardens Post Vacant       Post Vacant             Choir Practice Thursdays, 7.45pm at St Peter’s, …

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Archive Transcriptions

Please click on the following external links to view archive transcriptions at Abbotts Ann Church – Baptism’s in 1700 & 1800’s Marriages in 1700’s Burials in 1700 & 1800’s

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Graveyard Index

To view the list of burial plots at St Mary’s Church, please click here. Please view the following documents first to fully understand the burial areas and layout:- You will find the Overall Church Area Map HERE You will find the Map Index HERE You will find the East …

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