St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney

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St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney is one of a group of 'Five Parishes' (in our nine parish benefice) where ministry is led by our Team Vicar, The Revd Lydia Smith (see 'Contact Us' tab above).

More Information  about our services of worship, forthcoming events and the history of the building, can be viewed on our website at

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We use a Common Worship order for Holy Communion.

An Historic Church

St Mary the Virgin Church was rebuilt by the Lords of Marney in the early 16th century in the Perpendicular style, in brick with tower and battlements. The south chancel porch is a rare addition, as is the priest’s extension on the north side. A light and open interior includes some excellent tombs, including Sir William’s, (died 1414) from an earlier church. Also the tombs of Lord Henry and his son John, who both attended the Field of the Cloth of Gold with Henry VIII. There is a large Tudor fireplace in the Marney chantry chapel, itself a splendid memorial to a transient glory, as the Marney line ended when both Henry died in 1523 and John in 1525, with both Church and Tower unfinished, leaving no male heir. There is a charming and well conserved wall-painting of St Christopher’s miracle in the nave.

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Revd Lydia Smith (Team Vicar)
The Vicarage
45 Malting Green Road
Layer de la Haye
Colchester CO2 0JJ
(01206) 738759

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Morning Prayer
Every first and third Sunday at 9:00 AM
Common Worship
Holy Communion
Every second and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM
Common Worship


Wall Paintings
Church Open Open during the day, every day.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6192
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: COLCHESTER (583)
Deanery: WITHAM (58311)
Benefice: Thurstable and Winstree (08/411BJ)
Parish Legal Name: Layer Marney (580452 )
CofE Church Info: (608452 8/452)
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The current editor is: Richard Carr

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 15th November 2016
St Mary the Virgin : Roundbush Road, Layer Marney, Essex, CO5 9UR - Follow the brown and white tourist signs to Layer Marney Tower. Continue past (not through) the entrance gates to the Tower. At the end of this road turn right and follow the private road to the church. Parking space in front of the church.

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