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Our Church

St Mary’s today

We’re a vibrant community of around 250 members which is always looking to welcome new people to be involved.  Our Rector, Pouya, is originally from Iran and has lived in Germany, Brazil and the North of England before moving to Fetcham.  As well as being an ordained minister, Pouya is an ex-professional footballer; he captains the Church of England’s football team and is a marathon runner.  Being new to Fetcham, he and his wife Debo and two small boys are keen to meet as many local people as possible so please do get in touch with him to be introduced.

History

St Mary’s Church History
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The oldest parts of the church were built over 1,000 years ago and must have been one of the earliest areas of Anglo-Saxon settlement with 6th Century burial grounds on Hawks Hill and at Watersmeet.  At that time The Street extended southward between the church and the manor house (where Fetcham Park House now stands) to join the path over the Downs to Westhumble.

There is a wealth of history at St Marys including roman bricks which can be seen forming the SW Quoin on the West Wall and the arch of the small window high in the South wall of the nave, but the main construction is of field flints in lime mortar.  The oldest bell now in the Church is marked “Robertus Mott me fecit 1588”, the year of the Spanish Armada.  Another bell is inscribed “William Land 1613” which also survives.  We are also very lucky  to enjoy a Father Willis organ.

If you are looking for information on Graves in the Churchyard, please contact the Parish Office on 01372 375000 or email office@stmarysfetcham.org.uk .