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St. Mary's Church, Freeby

Church-StMarysChurch-FreebySt Mary's Church Freeby, situated in a small village three miles out of Melton on the B676 Saxelbye Road, has been part of the Team Ministry of Melton Mowbray for as long as records show. 


Today it is under the watchful eyes of churchwardens Jane Meakin and Mel Greaves. However, they are overseeing the church congregation in extraordinary times as it seems  the church was built on sinking soil!!  Structural issues mean the church is unsafe for services. Undaunted, services are now held across the road by the village hall in the United Reform Chapel.

Our church at Freeby was part of a sample survey of the East Midlands' 1,800 listed places of worship published by English Heritage in June 2010. And the report was not good reading.  The BBC was out covering the story which you can view here.
Read the Churchwarden's Report to find out what has been going on in Freeby.


The church has a nave, chancel, porch and tower, and much of it is in the Early English style. It has a strong resemblance to St James’ Church in Burton Lazars, especially with its nave aisles and the tower at the west end which was built later in the 16th century.


Freeby's claim to fame is that Isaac Watts, the writer of many well know hymns such as “O God our help in ages past” and “Jesus shall reign where ere the sun” lived in the village as chaplain to the Lord of the Manor and tutored his children.




Church taken off at risk register
There was great news for everyone connected with St Mary's Church, Freeby, on Friday morning (October 21st) when it was revealed that it has been taken off Historic England's 'heritage at risk' register. More ...
Phil Balding
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Service proves a big success
If you missed the service in St Mary's Church, Freeby - its first in more than 13 years - on Sunday, (October 2nd), you can view some pictures taken at the event by Colin Beavis. More ...
Come along... and take a seat!
The first service to be held in St Mary's Church, Freeby, for more than 13 years will take place on Sunday, October 2nd... and you can now be assured of a seat! More ...
Phil Balding
Church featured on TV 
St Mary's Church, Freeby, featured on BBC East Midlands Today on Monday (September 5th). More ...
An amazing transformation 
A lot of hard work and effort paid off on Friday (April 15th) when St Mary's Church, Freeby, opened its doors to the public for the first time in more than 12 years following major renovation work. More ...
Phil Balding