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St. Mary’s Church, Patrixbourne

St Marys Church Patrixbourne

Churchwardens: Andrea Nicholson and Pauline Pritchard

This parish is entered in Domesday book, which was compiled in the year 1086, under the name "Borne" in the Hundred of "Brige," and the information is given that "a church is there." In 1189 it is mentioned as "Burnes" with "Bruges." Thus for more than a century it seems to have had no other name to distinguish it from Bekesbourne and Bishopsbourne, which were both called "Burnes." But in the thiteenth century the "Patrick" was introduced begin, perhaps, that of the then owner of the manor. In the year 1258 Archbishop Boniface appropriated the church of "Burne Patricii cum capella de Bruges" to the Prior and Convent of Merton, in Surrey, and from that time the name has continued as at present, though with every conceivable variation of spelling. Shortly after the Dissolution of the Monasteries the patronage of the church of Patricksbourne with that of Bridge passed into the hands of the owner of the manor and succeeding owners have exercised the right of presentation ever since.

The Friends of St Mary’s, Patrixbourne (FOSM)

The Church is renowned for its Norman architecture, particularly the fine South Door and Wheel Window and for its Swiss Stained Glass. An ancient building such as this requires regular maintenance and upkeep. The Friends of St Mary’s (FOSM) was formed to enable the necessary work to continue, regular events are organised by the group including a variety of concerts, recitals and plays

Development at St Mary's

The FOSM have started work on the development of St Mary's. The plan is to build a toilet with a shower and kitchenette facilities and to create a social space for after-service coffee, meetings etc. This should, we hope, be a useful improvement for our congregations - especially those who may have travelled longer distances to baptisms, weddings or funerals - and also for the many pilgrims who visit our beautiful church on one of the four pilgrimage routes that pass through the village. Such a project is not cheap. The current estimate is that it will cost £113,500. We shall be applying for grants but there is still a lot of fundraising that we need to do. Our first short term goal is to raise the £15,500 that we need to apply for the necessary permissions and obtain tenders and to pay for the reports etc that have been created thus far.

If you can help FOSM in any way, by joining the committee or donating please email

Pilgrimage at St Mary's

Being ideally situated along the North Downs way, Patrixbourne regularly sees pilgrims from all over the world. In 2018 100 veterans walked through the village on their way to London from France as they recreated The Long Walk Home for many service men from WWI. They stopped for refreshments at the church and near by recreation ground. June 2019 saw Pilgrims from the L'arche community completeing the Pilgrims way challenge. 350 pilgrims in one day (a record) visited our beautiful church and all recieved a warm welcome from our churchwardens and other local villagers showing their support.


Church Photos by Daniel Edward Young















Find the Church

For your Sat Nav, please use the postcode CT4 5BP.


Access to this chuch is good. Parking for large events is available on Bekesbourne Recreation ground.


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