St. Mary's Church, Brading

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Coordinates: 50°40′57″N 01°08′34″W / 50.68250°N 1.14278°W / 50.68250; -1.14278

St. Mary's Church, Brading
St. Mary's Church, Brading
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St. Mary
Parish Brading
Diocese Portsmouth
Province Canterbury

St. Mary's Church, Brading is a parish church in the Church of England located in Brading, Isle of Wight.


The church is medieval dating from the twelfth century.[1] At this church the Revd Legh Richmond is thought to have originated the now globally popular idea of using boards with movable numbers to indicate hymn numbers during church services. The tower is of a very unusual style in that it is built on four piers at the entrance to the church. This is one of only four in examples in Britain. The tower contains a ring of 8 bells which the heaviest weighs 10.5cwt in the key of G. The oldest bell was made in 1594.

List of incumbents[edit]

Plaque in Brading church commemorating Richmond and his work

Parish Status[edit]

The church is within a group which includes:


The church has a pipe organ by Forster and Andrews dating from 1864. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Nikolaus Pevsner