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History of St Mary's church

St Mary's Church

St Mary's church is situated in Winkfield on the edge of Windsor Forest. It dates back to 1298, when the first vicar, Galpidus de Pickeforde is recorded in the register. A Saxon building is believed to have previously occupied the site. The church itself has been much altered over time and is a Grade II* listed building.

The central section of the church dates from the late 13th century, and the red brick bell tower replaced the original wooden structure in the early 17th century (a brick carries initials and the date 1629). A spiral staircase leads to the clock and the bell chamber, containing six bells dated between 1597 and 1874.

The interior of the church is plain, a likely consequence of Parliamentarian sympathies of local residents during the Civil War. The main aisle is divided by a series of octagonal oak columns running down its centre and supporting the roof. One column is carved with a crown and Tudor rose, the date 1592 and the royal initials ER indicating that this was given to the Church by Elizabeth I.



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