St Mary’s Church from the south-east
St Mary’s is a red brick grade II* listed church built in the Gothic style. It was designed by John Oldrid Scott and funded in part by Queen Victoria. Construction began in 1876 and completed in 1878 with further additions in 1911-1913. The walls and gates of the church yard are grade II listed features.
In 1876 a new chancel, transepts and vestry were added. A new nave was completed in 1912 and the following year the spire was rebuilt.
St Mary’s from the south
The exterior is of red brick and stone dressings around windows and other features. The pitched roofs are tiled and the aisle roofs are made of lead.
The spire rises to a total height of 178ft (54m) and is thought to be the last in England to be built of stone. The tower houses ten bells with the tenor weighing 17½ cwt. The original bells were cast in 1619 by Richard Eldridge but only one survives. The nine replacement bells were cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
The church organs pipes
The church contains a pipe organ built in 1912 by Norman and Beard. It features three manuals, 46 stops, of which 37 are speaking and over 2,400 pipes.
The grade II listed war memorial near the west main door of the church carries the names of 316 dead Slough service personnel from the two world wars.
The memorial was designed by Alfred Y Nutt and it was constructed using Rutland stone with Portland stone plaques. The stonemason was E Sargeant of Slough and the memorial was completed by September 1921.
St Mary’s war memorial from the south
One name is that of a woman; Nurse Vera L Carter
Nurse Vera Lorance Carter served with the British Red Cross Society, Bucks 44th Detachment. She died at home on 12 July 1918 aged 30 and was buried in St Mary’s cemetery on 20July 1918. Cause of death is unknown to Postcards from Slough and if anyone can help please use the contact tab.
St Mary’s is one of three churches within the Upton-cum-Chalvey parish. The other two are St Laurence’s in Upton, the resting place of astronomer Sir William Herschel and St Peter’s in Chalvey.
St Mary's plays host to Saturday lunchtime concerts featuring talented musicians from the local area. These concerts are are arranged by the Euphonium Collective and are varied and very popular. To learn more about these concerts and to link to the Euphonium Collective website, please click the button.
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