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St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray

At the moment the beautiful Grade 1 Listed building of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is undergoing a £1.9m Re-ordering Project.

Find out all about the project and how you can help us reach our target by clicking here.

Situated in the centre of Melton Mowbray, St Mary's provides a centre for the community at large as well as the faithful. The building is an architectural gem with parts dating back to about 1170. 

However, we are more than a beautiful building! St Mary's is a lovely gathering of people seeking and serving God. The church building is a popular venue for services, weddings, baptisms and musical concerts. Near the church is the Samworth Centre, the Parish Administrative Office. 

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Above and below: Pictures taken at last year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church.

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St Mary's provides a focus for the town for many events, including the annual British Pie Festival. People come from all over the United Kingdom (and even overseas!) for the famous Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more about this year's event click here.

Our organ, the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial organ, named after our illustrious choirmaster and organist from 1914-1924, provides joy for many with our regular organ recitals.

We have a regular Sunday congregation of well over 150 adults and children, and the number of worshippers is rising. On Sundays, there are regular services at 8am and 10am, with Choral Evensong with the Choir on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.  We also have weekday services and you can find a complete listing of these by clicking here.  Our services vary in style in the course of the month, so there is sure to be one that meets your needs.  We are a friendly, caring and open church community and welcome newcomers.

Our Director of Music, James Gutteridge, is a talented organist and choirmaster.  Our choir is comprised of adults and children.  If you are interested in singing and music email james_gutteridge@yahoo.co.uk.

In addition to our variety of services, some held in the church and some in the Samworth Centre, we have a host of social organisations and groups which you are welcome to join.

*A virtual tour of St Mary's Church is now available to look at. It has been organised by the church's Fabric Express Committee so a before and after comparison can be made after the Re-ordering Project has been completed. The tour was compiled by Chris Jones from LeicesterPhoto Limited, which is based in Littlethorpe, Leicester. To view the tour click here. 



The church is open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 4, with volunteers on hand to show you around or help with any questions.  We welcome many thousands of daily visitors to our beautiful church. Many visitors comment on the special atmosphere in St Mary’s, its warmth and the welcome given by our wonderful band of churchwatchers.  On special days we have tours of the Bell Tower!  Books on the church are available for sale at the back of the church along with a lovely selection of gifts and cards.  After visiting our church, do have a cup of tea at the Samworth Centre Cafe next door.


We are kept in good running order by our churchwardens, Roger Kirby and John Spence.  Find out what's been happening in the church recently by clicking here.

St Mary's District Church Council (the DCC) meets regularly through the year to reflect and discuss on decisions concerning the life and activities of St Mary’s.  The DCC is made up of a number of people representing many aspects of St Mary’s life:  the clergy, churchwardens & readers, St Mary’s Parish Church Council representatives, St Mary’s Deanery Synod representatives, St Mary’s pastoral assistants and the elected DCC representatives.  

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"Leicestershire's most sophisticated church, even before we go inside." from England's Thousand Best Churches, author Simon Jenkins, published by Penguin Books)

St Mary’s Parish Church, in the centre of the market town of Melton Mowbray, is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese. It is certainly the finest. St Mary’s is a grand cruciform church with transepts and a crossing tower. The tower of scrubbed limestone has dominated the town for centuries.

St. Mary's Church dates mainly from the 13th-15th centuries. The stonework in the lowest section of the tower, which has Norman windows, dates from 1170, although there were certainly one or more Anglo-Saxon churches on this site before the Norman one. It is built on a plan more usual for cathedrals and the 100-foot tower dominates the town, and is a rare example of a parish church with aisled transepts (one of only five in the country) a feature usually found only in a cathedral.

The belfry contains ten bells. The earliest bell (No.6) is by John of York dating from the fourteenth century. Most of the rest have been recast. Until 1802 there were only six bells: then two more were added and in 1894 a further two made the total ten. In addition there is a small sanctus bell which dates from the seventeenth century.

The carillon, on which chimes are played two times a day (at 12 noon and 3pm), was restored in 1938. 



Candle-lit Service
Don't miss the candle-lit Nine Lessons and Carols in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, December 17th at 6pm. More ...
Christingle Service 
A Christingle Service will be held on behalf of the Children's Society in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, December 17th at 3pm. More ...
It's snow joke! 
Yes, it's back. You have been warned! After an absence of four years the Christmas Day snowball fight is back at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray! More ...
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Celebrate the New Year 
Melton Mowbray Team Parish invites you to celebrate the New Year in 2018 with worship on New Year’s Eve. Services are: 8.00 am: Prayer Book Communion; 10.00 am: New Year Holy Communion. Both at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Could you become a Church Welcomer?
With St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, set to re-open after the refurb I have turned my attention once more to ‘Church Welcoming', writes Marie Styles. More ...
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Can you help?
Helpers are urgently needed to serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the 10am St Mary's Church services in Melton Borough Council offices in Parkside on Sundays. For more details, read on... More ...
Ever wondered what St Mary's looked like years ago? 
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A home from home
They say that home is where the heart is. And so, when it was announced last year that services would be held in places which were not a church while the Re-ordering Project goes ahead, my heart sank, writes Phil Balding. More ...
Bishop praises Project work
The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, joined the Melton Mowbray Team Parish procession and holy communion on Palm Sunday (April 9th). More ...
Church building blessed
Members of the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, saw the building blessed on Sunday, The Feast of the Epiphany (January 8th) before processing to Parkside for their first service in Melton Borough Council offices. More ...
Change of venue for book
The Book of Remembrance has had to be moved from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to the Samworth Centre for people to view due to the re-ordering project in the church. More ...
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Morning Prayer has moved
Morning Prayer has moved from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, due to the re-ordering project. More ...
St Mary’s Church Melton Mowbray  Sunday Services…
Find out where services for St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be held in the next month. More ...
Out with the old, and in with the new!
Out with the old and looking forward to the new was the theme for the New Year's Day service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
All change at St Mary's
Due to the major building work which is due to start in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in the new year, January 1st, 2017, will be our last day in the “old” church. More ...
In the festive mood
A fantastic evening, guaranteed to get any Ebenezer Scrooge in the festive mood, was held in the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday night (December 18th). More ...
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Nativity in the picture
A beautiful Nativity scene is now in place in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. For more pictures read on... More ...
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Candle-lit Advent Carol Service
A Candle-lit Advent Carol Service of readings and Advent hymns proved the ideal preparation for the Christmas season in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (November 27th). More ...
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Thanks from Storehouse 
A letter has just been received from Storehouse thanking the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, for a recent donation. More ...
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It's St Mary's, by George! 
Local singer/songwriter George Simpson, pictured, features St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in the video for his latest single "Move On" which has just been released. To find out more, read on... More ...
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Tiny Tots' service
Please note that the Tiny Tots group is now not meeting on Thursday, July 14th, as advertised and will meet again next term on Thursday, 1st September. More ...
Church plans scrutinised 
The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) made their planned visit to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday, May 13th. More ...
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