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Most of the church was rebuilt in 1888 for a local millionaire, Alfred Hewlett a mining engineer and coal mine owner who lived at nearby Haseley Manor. The architect was William Younger, one of the first Victorian architects to publish a book on the Gothic style, who also designed some well known buildings such as the War office in London and Glasgow Town Hall. However records also show that there has been a church on the site since the 12th century when Hugh Fitz Richard, called Hugh de Hatton, gave it to the priory of St Mary of Monmouth, a cell of the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Florent, Saumur, in western France.
The oldest part of the present building is the tower built in the 15th century and carries a peal of six bells. It is said that Dr Samuel Parr, vicar of Hatton and a distinguished scholar and educationalist, had the holes in the tower cut so he could hear the bells calling him, and others, to church more easily. Dr Parr was also responsible for the purchase of the 16th century glass in the west window, originally from the cloister windows of one or more monasteries in or around Cologne in Germany. Amongst other interesting features, is a headstone in the churchyard designed for Annie Elizabeth Maynard by the famous sculptor Eric Gill.
A Holy Communion Service from Common Worship is held every Sunday at 10am.
A bible story and craft session for children from toddlers to school age - Kaleidoscope Kids -meets in the church during the service on the first and third Sunday of every month of the year except for August .
If you wish to enquiry about a baptism, wedding or funeral please contact our Co-ordinator, by email [email protected]
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