Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Churches (38) : St Mary, Guildford

The church of St Mary dates from Anglo-Saxon times, the rough flint tower still survives from these times and dated to 1040CE it is the oldest surviving structure in Guildford, however a wooden church on the site predated the stone one by several hundred years.

The current plan of the church dates from a rebuilding in 1120CE with most of the current church dating from the late twelfth century. New windows were added in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the church was modified in 1825CE when the chancel was demolished to allow for the widening of a road. The church was restored in 1862CE.

The church is next to Guildford castle and, as the castle often hosted the monarchy, was used for royal worship. In more recent times Lewis Carroll, who was also an Anglican clergyman, sometimes preached in the church.