Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford Saffron Walden

Facilities and features

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Toilet suitable for the disabled in the church and also in the adjacent parish rooms.

Available in the church

Located by South door

Toilet suitable for the disabled in the church and also in the adjacent parish rooms.

Very limited spaces for disabled

Via the South porch

Hearing (induction) Loop

Available upon request


Our Building

Sundays and Wednesdays from 2 pm to 4 pm

St Mary’s is an ancient and beautiful place of worship at the heart of the Essex market town of Saffron Walden. One of the the largest parish churches in Essex, the building dates mainly from the fifteenth century. With its great arches in the nave and high clerestory windows, it truly is an amazing space.

Music and Worship

With a tower of 12 bells, St Mary’s has a Society of Bellringers (, who ring for Sunday services and weddings.

The present organ is a descendant of one built in 1824 by John Vincent. Rebuilt in 1885 by T. C. Lewis and following further rebuilds, the organ is now a four-manual instrument, with five keyboard divisions, Solo, Swell, Great, Choir and Bombarde. Its most dramatic feature is a strong fanfare trumpet en chamade – the Trompeta Real – which continues down to the Pedal Organ at 16-foot pitch, to provide a very solid foundation for the full organ. A versatile example of the romantic genre, the organ is suitable for playing any of the recitalist’s repertoire. A separate booklet giving details and the full specification is available at the back of the church or on the Organ Specifications at NPOR site.

First Sunday of the month at 8 am

St Mary’s has a robed choir comprising junior and adult members and choral scholars. We also have a singing group for younger children, Joyful Noise.

Groups, Courses and Activities

Youth Group
After School Club

Various house groups available

Christianity Explored course

Transition Project provides assistance with job hunting

Mental health support
Mothers Union
Pre-school club
Youth work

Help for Visitors

Guidebooks / Notes

Our church is currently open from 2 pm to 4 pm for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays. In normal times the church is open every day of the year from around 8.30 am until about 6.00 pm or dusk if earlier.

Other Features

Parish Rooms