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St Mary’s Church

Greywell’s church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, is an ancient structure of flint with stone quoins and dressings in the Norman and early English styles.  It consists of a chancel, nave, porch and tower surmounted by wooden belfry containing four bells. 
St Mary's from the river  At the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086 it is thought that the Chapel of St.Mary, beside the Whitewater, was one of the two churches within the Manor of Odiham mentioned in the survey. The church is of Norman origin and was built in the 12th century.
Restored in 1870, it still boasts many old features, the most important of which is the early 16th century rood-screen, made of carved oak which before the restoration was used as a men’s gallery with rood loft and circular stairs.  The narrow 13th Century Early English chancel-arch is also a prominent feature and one will also find, on the stonework to the left outside the church door, visible remains of several consecration crosses dating back to the period of the Crusades. Church Cottage, beside the lych-gate on The Street, is believed to have been originally the priest's lodgings.


Organisation and structure

St Mary’s Church in Greywell is part of the United Parish of Newnham with Nately Scures with Mapledurwell with Up Nately with Greywell, which in turn is part of the North Hampshire Downs Benefice in the Church of England Diocese of Winchester.

The North Hampshire Downs Benefice (NHDB) consists of the following churches:

Greywell, St Mary

Herriard w. Winslade, St Mary

Long Sutton, All Saints

Mapledurwell, St Mary

Nately Scures, St Swithun

Newnham, St Nicholas

Odiham, All Saints

South Warnborough, St Andrew

Tunworth, All Saints

Up Nately, St Stephen

Upton Grey, St Mary

Weston Patrick, St Lawrence


The Benefice Rector is Revd. Peter Dyson

 01256 861750


The Priest in Charge of the United Parish (including Greywell)  is Revd. Jane Leese

 01256 765547

Working with other small churches locally gives us the benefit of being able to share resources and to offer a richer tapestry of worship, teaching and pastoral care to those who would like it.

We believe in an open and inclusive church where everyone is welcome in any of our churches and to any of our events. 

Within the NHDB there is

daily Prayer

regular Sunday and weekday services

preparation for baptism (christening), marriage, funerals and confirmation

prayer and Bible study groups

Christian teaching

children’s and youth activities

pastoral care

involvement with each local community.

four parish magazines

a branch of the Mothers’ Union

and together we support Hoima, a town in Uganda.


The Church Wardens of St Mary’s Greywell are


Mr Nick Kavanagh                              01256 704771

Mrs Libbie Bromfield                           01256 702978

Please direct all enquiries for christenings, weddings or funerals to Rev Jane Leese


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