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Charles Kingsley

Our History

The Church

St. Mary's has been a place of Christian worship for over 900 years. There is evidence that it may have been a significant pagan site long before the advent of Christianity. The church building, which dates mainly from the 18th century, lies off a quiet country lane. It is surrounded by fields and trees, much as it would have been years ago.

Charles Kingsley

A notable figure in the history of St. Mary's is the 19th century preacher, author, naturalist and social reformer: Charles Kingsley. He was Rector of Eversley for 31 years and founded the village school, which has recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Visit the Charles Kingsley page to learn more about his life and work, and read one of his sermons.

John James

The architect John James is believed to have been responsible for the addition of the tower to St. Mary's church. He worked with Sir Christopher Wren, was Surveyor to St. Paul's Cathedral and built many churches and fine houses. These included Warbrook House, Eversley, where he lived and worked.

The Eversley Bells

The Church Bells can be heard every Sunday from 10:30am prior to the 11:00am Sunday service but that hasn't always been the case. Read about their fascinating history and restoration by visiting the Eversley Bells page.

The Story of Eversley Church

An illustrated booklet entitled 'The Story of Eversley Church' was published in 2004.