St Mary

A small and beautiful George Gilbert Scott church in a serene hamlet just outside St Albans.

About this church

St Mary’s was built in 1867 to serve the agricultural estate of Childwick at the north end of the parish of St Michael’s St Albans. The church was designed by George Gilbert Scott and funded by the estate owner, Henry Toulmin. The furnishings and fittings mainly date from the late nineteenth century: a beautiful marble font in memory of two children of the Blundell family; a wooden pulpit with carved scenes from the life of Jesus; stained glass of Jesus in majesty and the theological virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity). Attached to his church, Toulmin also built a schoolroom to educate his tenants and workers. This hall space is a thriving community hub throughout the week.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches


St Michael

Oldest site of known Christian activity in the British Isles; art and architecture from across a millennium.


St Albans Cathedral

This is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain and stands over the place where Alban, Britains first saint, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.

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