St. Mary's Church, Brighstone

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

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.

History

The church is medieval dating from the twelfth century. 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.

Today

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.

This event occurs in four locations:

  • St Mary's Church, Brighstone.
  • Brighstone Methodist Church.
  • St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Mottistone.
  • Wilberforce Hall,Brighstone.

Several hundred entries are created by individuals, groups and buisnesses making this one of the biggest festivals of it's type.

Parish status

The church is grouped with:

  • St. Mary's Church, Brighstone
  • St. Mary's Church, Brook
  • St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Mottistone
List of incumbents

Three former Rectors have become Bishops:

  • Thomas Ken hymn writer
  • Samuel Wilberforce - the youngest son of William Wilberforce
  • George Moberly - became Bishop of Salisbury
Organ

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.

Building Activity

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    about 2 years ago via OpenBuildings.com