About

St Mary’s church, formerly a chapel-of-ease was built in 1831 by Thompson and Taylor. The church was restored and extended in between 1889 and 1890 at a cost of £1,200 by architects Smith, Broderick and Lowther of Hull. The work was completed as a result of donations including £200 from the Queen.

The church is built in sandstone on a chamfered plinth with sandstone ashlar dressings and a slate roof. The restoration embraced a number of alterations. The church was to be cruciform in the Early Deccorated style of the fifteenth century, with the addittion of vestries for the vicar and choir on the South side and organ chamber on the North side.

Inside, the chapel and organ chamber are screened by an arcade of two double-chamfered, two-centred arches on one octagonal pier and corbelled responds

The chancel South wall of the church contains a marble tablet monument to William Bower and his wife Priscilla, dated 1704. The tablet with arms on a gilt ground records that William and Priscilla lived long and comfortably in wedlock for 73 years. He died in 1696 aged 96 years and she died in 1698 aged 91 years.

The tablet inscribed:

‘They live well who love well

And

They die well who live well’

 

There was no easy access to the back of the church so between 2007-2009 the ‘Sunshine Room’ was created from the old choir vestry which was no longer used. The room has cupboard space, a sink and water heater. A new ramp has been provided for ease of access and a toilet extension has been added.