Hamstead Marshall
St Mary’s Church
St Mary's Church is a medieval building, largely unspoilt by Victorian renovation, standing upon a hill overlooking the river Kennet.

The congregation is small but friendly, and welcomes all-comers to services, which are held two or three times a month.

The church is regularly open (as indicated by a "church open today" sign outside).

For service times, events and contacts see the St Mary’s website.
the benefice

The ecclesiastical parish of Hamstead Marshall has since 1981 been part of a united benefice which also includes Enborne, West Woodhay, Inkpen and Combe. Since 2005 this benefice, and the separate benefice of Kintbury with Avington, have been jointly served by one rector. Details of the Walbury Beacon benefice can be seen on www.walburybeaconbenefice.org.uk.
the ministry team

Rev Mark Wilson
Associate priests:
Rev Sue Webster (01635 32708 or 07747 391291)
Rev Matthew Cookson (01488 669043)
Jenny Veasey

Day-to-day management of St Mary’s is the responsibility of the parochial church council, which is elected from a roll of regular church-going parishioners. This roll is maintained by the churchwardens, who can be contacted via St Mary’s website.
the deanery and diocese

The joint benefices fall within the deanery of Newbury, which in turn comes under the suffragan bishop of Reading. Overall, the church in Hamstead Marshall is administered by the diocese of Oxford. (In 1836 this arrangement replaced the historic affiliation of Hamstead Marshall with the diocese of Salisbury.) For more information on the diocese of Oxford, which also covers Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, see the diocesan website.

900 years: an illustrated architectural history of St Mary's

More pictures of St Mary’s in the gallery

A list of rectors of St Mary’s since 1241
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St Mary’s Church
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rectors since 1241

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Copyright Penelope Stokes 2017

local history books by Penelope Stokes
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