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The present church stands on the site of an earlier Saxon church. The first record of a priest at Brington is in the Domesday Book in 1086.

The Tower

This is the earliest part of the Church and was built around 1200 A.D. It was one of the old chain of beacon towers and now houses the bells and the clock. The clock is dated 1820 and was made by John Corby of Castle Ashby. There are six bells which were re-cast in 1745 by Rudhall of Gloucester and re-hung on a metal frame in the 1800's. Charles 1st's dinner bell which is also known as the "priest's bell was brought here from Holdenby House and also hangs here.

The Entrance and Porch

On the outside wall to the East is the effigy on an unknown priest and dates from the 1300's.

The South Porch was restored by Edward Blore in 1832. The glass doors and screen were installed in 1998. These were designed by Maurice Watson and decorated by Richard Barnard.

Developments of the original church have taken place over the centuries particularly when Sir Edward Grey and his grandson Sir Thomas 1st Marquess of Dorset ( Lords of the Manor of Nobottle and Brington ) integrated the tower with the church building.




A booklet on the history of St Mary's is available in the Church.