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The list of incumbents for St. Mary the Virgin begins in 1255, showing that Christians have worshipped here for over 700 years.

The first mention of the church is in the Bishop's Register in 1316 when Roger de Wytham was appointed Rector. However, the present church was not built until the 15th century, in the reign of Henry VII - it must have replaced an earlier building.

Unfortunately, although no certain trace of this earlier church exists, one artefact has prompted suggestions that it may have come from the original church building. This is the solid stone Holy water stoup, just outside the west door. It has an old man's face underneath - but you have to get on your knees to see it.

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