St. Mary's Church, Brighstone

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St. Mary's Church, Brighstone

St. Mary's Church, Brighstone
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
Websitewww.brighstonecofechurches.co.uk/brighstone.asp
History
DedicationSt. Mary
Administration
ParishBrighstone
DiocesePortsmouth
ProvinceCanterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s)Revd Malcolm Williams
 
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Coordinates: 50°38′32″N 01°23′39″W / 50.64222°N 1.39417°W / 50.64222; -1.39417

St. Mary's Church, Brighstone

St. Mary's Church, Brighstone
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
Websitewww.brighstonecofechurches.co.uk/brighstone.asp
History
DedicationSt. Mary
Administration
ParishBrighstone
DiocesePortsmouth
ProvinceCanterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s)Revd Malcolm Williams
Memorial to George Cairns VC.

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[edit]

The church is medieval dating from the twelfth century.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2]

This event occurs in four locations:

Several hundred entries are created by individuals, groups and businesses, making it one of the biggest festivals of its type.[citation needed]

Parish status[edit]

The church is grouped with:

List of incumbents[edit]

Three former Rectors have become Bishops:

Organ[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Buildings of England, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Nikolaus Pevsner
  2. ^ islandpulse.co.uk/b2/brighstone-christmas-tree-festival-2009