St Mary's Church, Barnes

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The Parish Church of St Mary, Barnes
Tower and Entrance of St Mary's Church, Barnes.jpg
The Parish Church of St Mary, Barnes is located in Surrey
The Parish Church of St Mary, Barnes
The Parish Church of St Mary, Barnes
51°28′30″N 0°14′28″W / 51.4751°N 0.2412°W / 51.4751; -0.2412Coordinates: 51°28′30″N 0°14′28″W / 51.4751°N 0.2412°W / 51.4751; -0.2412
LocationSt Mary's Barnes, Church Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9HL
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Previous denominationRoman Catholic
Years built1100–1150
Episcopal areaKingston
Bishop(s)Bishop of Southwark
RectorRev. Richard Sewell
Churchwarden(s)Paul Teverson
Phil Bladen
Business managerCheryl Cole
Music group(s)Henry Chandler (director)

St Mary's Church, Barnes, is the parish church of Barnes, formerly in Surrey and now in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is a grade II* listed building.[1][2]

It was built of coursed flint sometime between 1100–1150. It was enlarged and re-consecrated in 1215[citation needed] after the signing of Magna Carta. It was extended to the west in the 13th century, and later to the east, creating a chancel. A west tower was added in the late 15th century. The north wall was demolished in the late 18th century to create a north aisle. The full set of eight bells in the tower were completed in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

A major fire on 8 June 1978 destroyed parts of the church, but left the tower and Norman chapel almost intact. The church was restored by Edward Cullinan[3][4] with the inclusion of elements of its former structure. The north wall contains a Gothic Revival east window. The church was re-dedicated in February 1984, with the original building now named as the Langton Chapel. St Mary's Barnes is a thriving Christian community with an electoral roll of 350 and strong links across the local community. Along with the parishes of St Michael and All Angels, Barnes and Holy Trinity Barnes it forms the Barnes Team Ministry and the current Team Rector is Rev Richard Sewell.

Notable burials[edit]

  • Major General Roger Elliott (c. 1665–1714) was buried in the churchyard in May 1714.[5]
  • John Moody (c.1727–1812), actor, who lived at 11 The Terrace, Barnes, c.1780 until his death, is buried in the churchyard with his two wives.[6]


  1. ^ "History and Architecture". The Church Building. St Mary Barnes. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary (1358083)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 468. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Local architects" (PDF). Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Historical and Genealogical Notes and Queries". The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 13 (1): 99. July 1905. JSTOR 4242729.
  6. ^ Brown, Maisie (1997). Barnes and Mortlake Past, with East Sheen. Historical Publications. p. 122. ISBN 0 948667 46 X.


  • Official Guidebook to The Parish Church of St. Mary, Barnes

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