St Mary

The church of St Mary the Virgin is located in the heart of the large village of Wargrave on Thames, and is beautifully situated beside Mill Green.

About this church

Wargrave church is of Norman origin, although little from this time remains. A notable exception is the north doorway. John Buckingham, a 14th century Bishop of Lincoln, was consecrated there in 1363. The fine west  tower of brick dates from 1635.

The church was largely rebuilt in 1914 after it was burnt down by suffragettes. It is the oldest (parts dating back to the 12th century) and biggest of the three churches in the parish. There is an interesting mausoleum by Lutyens in the churchyard for the Hannen family and the famous Victorian surgeon, Sir Morell Mackenzie, is buried near the lychgate.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café in church

Other nearby churches


All Saints

All Saints is the parish church of Rotherfield Peppard, a village 6 miles north of Reading and 5 miles west of Henley on Thames.


St Peter

More information about this church coming soon.

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