A photo of the church in Clapham

St Mary the Virgin Church, Clapham

Welcome to St Mary the Virgin Church, Clapham, a Grade 1 listed building.

The church dates back to the 12th Century. It has three bells in the belfry which are said to be the oldest ring of three bells in England. There is an important collection of 16th Century brasses commemorating, the Shelley and de Michelgrove families. Behind the altar is the stunning reredos of the four Archangels, Gabriel, Michael, Raphael and Uriel. These were painted by William Morris and are extremely rare. The church was refurbished in 1873 by Sir Gilbert Scott who added the beautiful brass work, eagle lectern and the font. There are bats using this church as their roost.

Please visit and see for yourself!

Preserving our heritage for future generations

It is so important to preserve our heritage for future generations as both a place of worship and to enjoy this beautiful building with all the history housed within it.

Sadly, the stone around a number of the windows, both inside and out, is in a poor condition due to weathering and general ageing. The work must be undertaken so that the stained glass is not damaged which would cause even greater problems and higher repair bills. The supporting columns inside the church are also in need of repair around their bases.

So, if you would like to make a donation to enable this vital work you can do so in one of four ways:

  1. Cash to Siân or Maggie at the church.
  2. BACS transfer details: Barclays bank. PCC of Findon Clapham and Patching. Sort code:  20-98-74 Account number:  90691585. Please put your name and “stonework” as a reference.
  3. Cheques can be made payable to “PCC of Findon Clapham and Patching” and can be posted to The Rectory, School Hill, Findon, BN14 0TR.
  4. Through the Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stoneworkatstmarythevirginclapham?utm_term=2P9B4vZwM