St Mary-le-More

Wallingford, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England Add to Map
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Parish of St Mary-le-More & St Leonard, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. Diocese of Oxford.

Wallingford is a market town and civil parish in the upper Thames Valley in England. Historically in Berkshire, it was transferred to Oxfordshire in 1974.
Although only a small town, Wallingford has three ancient churches within the Parish of St Mary-le-More and St Leonard, a modern Roman Catholic church as well as a Quaker Meeting House dating from 1724 and Baptist, Methodist and community churches.
St Mary-le-More is a Church of England parish church in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. The church is in the centre of the town, near the town hall.
St Mary-le-More existed by 1077, when the advowson belonged to St Alban's Abbey.The west tower was originally 12th century but its upper stages were rebuilt in a Perpendicular Gothic style in about 1653. The nave and aisle were built in the 13th and 14th century and the chancel was built somewhat later, but all were rebuilt in 1854 to designs by the Gothic Revival architect David Brandon. In the present building, the west window of the north aisle has stained glass made in 1856 by Thomas Willement. The pulpit was made in 1888 by the sculptor Onslow Ford.[2] St Mary-le-More is a Grade II* listed building.
In 2009–10 underfloor heating was installed and the floor retiled, two lavatories and a kitchen were added and access for disabled people was improved. The tower has a ring of 10 bells. A ring of eight including the tenor was cast in 1738 by Richard Phelps and Thomas Lester of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry re-cast the second bell of that ring (now the fourth bell of the present ring) in 1887, the year of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 2003 the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast a new treble and second bell, increasing the ring to 10.

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