Billingsley: St Mary, Billingsley

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Billingsley Church was built in around 1140 in the reign of King Stephen. It is Grade II* listed, and the churchyard is home to two ancient yew trees. It has an unusual Jacobean double pulpit, and the font is largely original Norman stonework. The church has an Easter Sepulchre dating from around 1320. The bellcote houses two bells, the north bell dates from the fourteenth century. The south bell is inscribed ‘God Save The Queen A. R. 1707’. The parish register dates back to 1627.

Billingsley church is visited by people from all over the world, some from as far away as New Zealand and Canada. This is often because they are researching their family history, and we are the only place in the country called Billingsley. Other visitors are interested in the village's unique industrial history, as although the area is now very rural, Billingsley was an important mining and industrial centre from the time of the Napoleonic Wars until the early twentieth century. 

Many comments in the visitors' book mention the profound sense of peace and sanctuary from the modern world which is immediately noticeable in Billingsley Church.

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Billingsley Church is a member of the Shropshire Churches Tourism Group.

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The Reverend V R SMITH
20 Yew Tree Grove
WV16 6DG
(01746) 861966
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Holy Communion Service
We hold a Holy Communion service at 8am on the fourth Sunday of every month. There are usually no hymns at this service. There is a small childrens' play and activity area, and there are usually a few children at this service. Tea and coffee are served after the service, and everyone is welcome.
Every fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Sing-along Sunday
On the second Sunday of every month we hold a "Sing-along Sunday" Service at 6pm. People can request their favourite hymns, and there is usually a "topical interlude" bit in the middle (to give our voices a rest!) when a short talk is given on something of interest. Recent talks have focused on first responders and space travel. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments including tea, coffee and wine are served before during and after! We have a small childrens' activity and play area, and there are usually a few children at the service. We are a small friendly church, and would love it if you could come along and join us!
We have this on the second Sunday of every month.
Every second Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
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Palm Sunday Service
Come to our Palm Sunday Holy Communion Service!
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
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Easter Sunday
We are holding our Easter Sunday service at 9.30am. It'll be followed by coffee and refreshments. Hope to see you there, you will be very welcome!
Sunday 5th April 2015 at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Grade 2* Listed Building Tower Wall paintings / art Guidebooks / notes Church Open Wheelchair Access / Ramp Assistance Dogs Visitor Parking Available

Visit our Church

The church is open all day every day, and we have a new printed leaflet available free to visitors which tells you all about the churchs many fascinating ancient features.

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Clergy: The Reverend V R SMITH
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10415
Built: 1140
Archdeaconry: LUDLOW (182)
Deanery: BRIDGNORTH (18201)
Parish Legal Name: Billingsley (180267 18/267)
CofE Church Info: (618267 18/267)
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