St Marys Church, Stansted, Kent
The ecclesiastical parish covers Stansted, Fairseat and Vigo, and places of worship in these three villages. For current information on services, events, and other church services please visit the church website using the ‘St Mary’s Stansted’ link.
A new extension to the main church including a meeting room and social space, toilets, improved disabled access and additional storage, was opened in October 2015. In addition to a report on the Cloisters development a photographic record of the groundwork preparation and the relocation of graves in the churchyard is also included.
On 9th June 1991 one hundred and fifty intrepid walkers accompanied the oldest bell in St Mary’s tower, named John and cast in 1420, back to Whitechapel Bell Foundry, a distance of 26 miles. Dressed in medieval costume they raised a quarter of the funds needed to install a new bell frame, a ringing gallery, and cast three new bells to create a ring of six.
A study was commissioned by the Stansted, Fairseat with Vigo PCC and a ‘Historic Building Record & Watching Brief’ was subsequently produced by Archaeology South-East (ASE) and published in 2014.