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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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 Refreshments
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
Family Friendly Refreshments
Sing along Sunday
Come along and sing your favourite hymns on the second Sunday of each month at 6pm. The Sing along Sunday services will run from March to October 2016, and are friendly informal community events. Tea, coffee, cake and wine will be available, so do come along and bring a bottle and your best singing voice!
Every second Sunday at 6:00 PM for 50 minutes



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Wall Paintings
Church Open 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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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10415
Built: 1140
Archdeaconry: LUDLOW (182)
Deanery: BRIDGNORTH (18201)
Parish Legal Name: Billingsley (180267 )
CofE Church Info: (618267 18/267)
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The current editor is: Rebecca Hadley

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This page was last updated on Friday 27th May 2016
Billingsley: St Mary , Billingsley, Shropshire, WV16 6PH

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