St Mary's Church, Brighstone

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Coordinates: 50°38′32″N 01°23′39″W / 50.64222°N 1.39417°W / 50.64222; -1.39417

St. Mary's Church, Brighstone
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St. Mary's Church, Brighstone
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St. Mary
Parish Brighstone
Diocese Portsmouth
Province Canterbury
Vicar(s) Revd Malcolm Williams
Memorial to George Cairns VC.

St. Mary's Church, Brighstone, is a parish church in the Church of England located in Brighstone, Isle of Wight. The churchyard contains a memorial stone to George Albert Cairns VC.


The church is medieval dating from the twelfth century.[1] The short tower contains a ring of 6 bells all cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1961. The largest weighs 7cwt. The spire was added in the 17th century.


The church holds an annual Christmas tree festival (the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival) in conjunction with the one at Mottistone that has become a popular tourist attraction.[2]

This event occurs in four locations:

Several hundred entries are created by individuals, groups and businesses, making it one of the biggest festivals of its type.[citation needed]

Parish status[edit]

The church is grouped with:

List of incumbents[edit]

Three former Rectors have become Bishops:


The church does not have a pipe organ but instead has an electric one at the west end of the nave. 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
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