St Mary the Virgin, Abbots Ann
Our church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin is a place of tranquility where residents and visitors alike can worship God at regular services or reflect in private. Its boxed pews remind us that people have worshipped on this site for centuries. St Mary’s monuments are a rich source for family historians and the church houses the largest collection of virgin crowns in the country. These crowns, of wood and paper, made in memory of people who were born and died unmarried within the parish, are the last survivors of an ancient custom that is still alive here. Yet the church looks forward too, serving the school and the wider community. In return, this rare and unusual Grade 1 listed building, and its shady churchyard are cherished and maintained by many people who value the spiritual and historical focus this beautiful and peaceful spot provides for the village.
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The content of the pages about the history of St. Mary’s Parish Church except the pictures have been extracted from the book entitled “Abbotts Ann in Hampshire” which was researched and written by Pamela King and published privately by G.E. King in 1992. Our thanks goes to Mrs. King for agreeing to allow extracts to be published on this web site. If you would like to purchase a complete copy of this excellent book then please send an e-mail by clicking here