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There is documentary evidence of St Mary's in 1137. The bell tower and the font date from 1399. A list of Rectors from 1250 onwards is at the back of the church.

St Mary’s has a very welcoming congregation and is involved with other Christian communities in the town through the organisation, Christians Together in Richmond.

St Mary’s also has a strong musical tradition. In February 2016, Chris Denton took over the role of Organist and Director of Church Music from Colin Hicks who, for many years, gave inspirational service and development . The choir sings regularly at the weekly 10,00am service and the monthly Choral Evensong. 

The Harrison and Harrison organ is considered to be one of the finest parish church organs in the country.

The 16 oldest choir stalls were brought from nearby  Easby Abby at the time of the dissolution in 1566 and have richly carved misericords.

 'Ruth's Window', a beautiful stained glass window in remembrance of 18 year old Ruth Gedye, a St Mary's chorister and musician, was installed in the south aisle on 14 February 2008, the fourth anniversary of her death. The window was designed and made by Alan Davis of Whitby.

The 1399 belltower has eight bells and a dedicated band of ringers of all ages led by Susan Welch We ring to celebrate church services, special occasions and weddings. The coming year will see a complete refurbishment of the bells with a new peal of eight bells mounted in a stable steel frame which will ensure church bells continue to be heard in Richmond for the indefinite future. Our five bells of special historical interest will be displayed as part of an exhibition of ringing in Richmond through the ages. On practice nights – Tuesdays 7:30 pm - we welcome everyone, young or old who might be interested in ringing. Please note there will be no ringing between March and June 2017 during the time of refurbishment. For further details email

Civic Services and services for the Richmond Guilds (Fellmongers and Mercers & Haberdashers) are held every year.
St Mary's contains the Regimental Chapel of the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment (The Green Howards). It has been adopted by The Queens Royal Lancers for their regimental services.

The church is open Monday-Saturday from 8am-5pm and on Sundays for the regular Church Services. 

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Eucharist (Said - BCP)
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Sung Eucharist
Every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Worship for All (Modern language)
With Upbeat Orchestra & Song Group (Anacrucis)
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments
Fun-Key Church@St Mary's
An informal and relaxed service for all ages. Refreshments are provided by the Mothers Union throughout the service. (available from 3.40pm). The service includes hymns, songs, readings, prayers, crafts, activities and a quiet space for reflection if you wish, all on the theme of the day, which normally links to the reading of the day or the church season. Fun, faith and fellowship for all ages. Speak to Gillian Lunn for more information. Find us on Facebook or on our blog.
last Sunday of the month, apart from December when we have a break, and August.
Every last Sunday at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Cafe Church
Service every other month - cafe style seating, home baking, teas and coffees. Very informal. A guest speaker normally sets the theme and a mixture of discussion (if you wish) and talk by the speaker takes place. We close our service with Compline. So far we have had Bishop John Pritchard, Rev David Day, Prof Rev David Wilkinson, Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Janet Henderson, Bishop James Bell, Rev Judy Hirst, Dr Peter Trewby in conversation with Bishop John Pritchard and Mark Tanner (Bishop of Berwick). We look forward to welcoming Dr Jamie Harrison and Margaret Jefferson later in the year. Please see Wendy or John Pritchard, or Gillian Lunn for more information.
Alternate months 20 August 2017 and 15th October will be the next ones. See church website and Facebook for full details
Every third Sunday at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
from Sunday 20th August 2017 until Sunday 20th August 2017
Choral Evensong (Traditional language)
Every second Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Eucharist (Said)
Every Wednesday at 9:15 AM for 40 minutes
Common Worship


Eucharist (Said) - in Holy Trinity, Market Place
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
1st Thursday Prayers in Holy Trinity, Market Place
Service held at Holy Trinity Chapel, Richmond Market Place
Every first Thursday at 10:30 AM for 35 minutes
Common Worship
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Cafe Church
Our speaker will be Margaret Jefferson, who amongst other things used to be Director of St Cuthberts Hospice in Durham. She will speak and lead us in discussion. We will then close with compline. All accompanied by cake and coffee.
Sunday 20th August 2017 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Cafe Church
We look forward to welcoming Dr Jamie Harrison. He is a GP, Lay Canon at Durham Cathedral, involved in health and healing issues and has a professional interest in wine education.
Sunday 15th October 2017 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 3276
Built: Church in existence in 1137.
Architect: Restored 1859-60 by Sir G G Scott.
Our Patron: Bishop of Ripon and Leeds
Archdeaconry: Richmond and Craven (465)
Deanery: RICHMOND (46504)
Parish Legal Name: Richmond with Hudswell (460359 )
CofE Church Info: (646493 30/45)
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The current editor is: Claire Murray

This page was last updated on Monday 10th July 2017
Richmond: St Mary : Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7AQ

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