The Parish Church of St Mary of Charity

The Parish Church of St Mary of Charity
Parish Church of St Mary of Charity
Church Road
Faversham
Kent
ME13 8GZ
England

Website

General information

www.faversham.org/stmaryofcharity

E-mail

General information

built2inspire@stmaryofcharity.org

Confirm opening times

admin@stmaryofcharity.org

Telephone

The Vicarage

01795 532592

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The Parish Church of St Mary of Charity is set in the heart of the historic Market Town of Faversham, Kent. It has a wealth of artefacts for visitors to see including a medieval painted column (1306) - one of the finest examples in Britain today; brasses and 16th century misericords. It is the likely resting place of King Stephen and Queen Matilda. An exhibition and display are on show, along with a range of informative and well illustrated publications. The church is a living place of worship and pilgrimage.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Daily throughout the year
09.00 - 17.00

Closed: If travelling a distance telephone/email first to ensure church is open, and services etc are not in progress

Admission charges

No charge - donations welcome

Additional info

For school visits and tours, bookings need to be made in advance.

By visiting the Parish Church of St Mary of Charity (one of the largest churches in Kent) one can see the medieval painted column depicting Christ's announciation, beautifully carved 16th century misericords and the likely resting place of King Stephen and Queen Matilda. You can also gain an understanding of the significant role that the church has played in the local community, over the years to the present day where it is a living place of worship and pilgrimage

Collection details

World Cultures, Social History, Religion, Costume and Textiles, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Medieval painted column depicting Annunciation of Christ
  • Misericords - 16th century carved misericords
  • King Stephen and Queen Matilda - probable burial place
  • Built to InSpire exhibition and display
  • Publications: Built to InSpire leaflets and booklets
  • Henry Pay - brass
  • Henry Hatch brass
  • Georgian nave
  • Charles Beazley spire
  • Medieval transepts
  • Mini vicar costumes
  • Worksheets - available to download for school visits
  • Built to InSpire DVD - depicting the role of the church in the community
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Built to InSpire Heritage Project

http://www.faversham.org/stmaryofcharity

The aim of the Built to InSpire Heritage Project is to gain an understanding of the church's origins, history and importance within the community, and its associated customs and traditions. This has been achieved through the publication of downloadable worksheets with teacher's notes; well illustrated and informative leaflets and booklets; audio CD; DVD; exhibition and displays; and the opportunity for children to dress up as mini vicars.

Creator

  • Built to InSpire Heritage Project - funded by Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Publisher

  • Parish Church of St Mary of Charity

How to obtain

To arrange a school visit/tour contact:
vicar@stmaryofcharity.org tel: 01795 532592
For further information regarding any of the Built to InSpire publications, including worksheets and DVD email: built2inspire@stmaryofcharity.org or tel: 07932 656876

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