St Mary, Compton
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The first documentary evidence of a Church in Compton is found in the Doomsday Survey of 1086. The present church is the outcome of a sensitive restoration in the 1850’s but the late 12th century North arcade and chancel arch are still visible. The church – like all the churches in the Octagon – is normally open during daylight hours.
The church, which is light and airy, can hold some 160 in comfort and more with enthusiasm. The graveyard, still with space, is maintained as a place for quiet contemplation in a country setting.
The church has a strong musical tradition in the parish. The organ by H Willis & Son was installed in 1970. Common Worship Sung Eucharist on Sundays attracts some 25 worshippers. The monthly family service averages 66, 38 of whom are adults. It is interesting to note that many of these adults are new to the church. The eight o’clock communion uses the Book of Common Prayer on Sunday and mid week service uses Common Worship, attracting between 6 and 12. The link between Church and Compton and UpMarden C of E school is strong, and the church is regularly used by the school for assemblies, services and festivals.
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