Silchester, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century wall paintings in the chancel
A lovely 12th century country church standing inside the ancient walls of Silchester Roman city. The Roman walls form part of the churchyard boundary, and pieces of Roman brick are built into the church walls at the west end. The layout and size of St Mary's suggest that it may have been built atop a square Romano-Celtic temple, probably in an area of the Roman city already set aside for religious buildings.
In the churchyard, close to the south wall of the chancel, are a pair of carved 13th or 14th century coffin lids, presumably to members of the Bluet family. One is carved with a pair of heads above a foliated cross, the other a male head within a quatrefoil.
Summing up St Mary's
An absolutely delightful 12th century church with several interesting historical features. The combination of the church building and its location within the Roman walls of Silchester make it an extremely interesting historic site to visit.
Address: Church Lane, Silchester, Hampshire, England, RG7 2HH
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the northeast corner of Silchester Roman City site, over 1 mile east of the village centre. Small parking area. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Silchester Roman City - 0.3 miles (Roman Site)
The Vyne - 3 miles (Historic House)
Stratfield Saye, St Mary's Church - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Stratfield Saye - 3.6 miles (Historic House)
Englefield House - 6.1 miles (Historic House)
Basing House - 6.3 miles (Historic House)
West Green House Garden - 7.4 miles (Garden)
Museum of English Rural Life - 8.1 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Silchester:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Visitor Information Centre
The Town Hall
Tel: 01635 30267
Fax: 01635 30267