The church of St. Mary is part of The Waterside Group of Churches. Built in the 13th century by the canons of Hickling Priory, founded by the Valoins family in 1185. St. Mary's is said to be a gem of a historic building, in a beautiful setting. The striking west tower is perhaps the best feature of the church. It stands 90 feet high, with diagonal corner buttresses rising over 3 stages high towards an embattled top.