As a Civic Church at the heart of the market town, the plans to restore and reorder the Church offer an important opportunity to serve the wider parish in the future, to ensure that the Church is a vital, relevant, spiritual hub, offering enrichment through its community engagement, arts and music programme, social action and ecological activism in a sacred setting and a sympathetically re-ordered church.
The present building is over 500 years old but there was a church and monastery on site 1000 years ago. It was redeveloped in the 13th and 15th centuries to include the exquisitely decorated and unique stone rood screen. During the Reformation, Henry VIII dissolved the Priory, destroying many of the church’s decorative features. The Church survived, and various features have been added including the beautiful brass candelabra, the tower bells and the prestigious Willis Organ.