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Church of St Mary the Virgin
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Interior of St Mary's Church
Location Knox Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 1PX
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Traditional Catholic
Status Active
Dedication St Mary the Virgin
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Architect(s) Sir Ninian Comper
Architectural type Perpendicular Gothic
Parish St Mary the Virgin Wellingborough
Deanery Wellingborough
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Northampton
Diocese Diocese of Peterborough

The Church of St Mary the Virgin is a Church of England parish church in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The church is a Grade I listed building.


The church was built from 1908 to 1930, and was designed by Sir Ninian Comper. It is in the Perpendicular Gothic style. The design and interior of the church was influenced by the Oxford Movement and the Victorian revival of ritualism Financing of the work was largely due to the Misses Sharman of Wellingborough.

On 9 June 1970, St Mary's Church was designated a Grade I listed building. It is one of only a few Grade I listed buildings built in the 20th century.

Present day

Baptistry, St. Marys, Wellingborough (geograph 2839474)

The parish of St Mary the Virgin Wellingborough is in the Archdeaconry of Northampton in the Diocese of Peterborough.

St Mary's stands in the Traditional Catholic tradition of the Church of England. As the parish has passed resolutions to reject the ordination of women, it receives alternative episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Richborough (currently Norman Banks). It is also affiliated with Forward in Faith and The Society.

Notable clergy

  • Michael Bent, later Archdeacon of Taranaki in New Zealand and Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Fiji, served his curacy here from 1955 to 1960.

List of vicars

  • 1952–1966: Fr Raymond Brown
  • 1967–1988: Fr Thomas Finch
  • 1990–1994: Fr Alan Robinson (priest in charge) (now Rector of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Maiden Lane - the Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament for the Diocese of Westminster)
  • 1996–present: Fr Robert Farmer, SSC (priest in charge, 1996–2000)
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