St Mary’s Church

IMG_8372St. Mary’s Church stands at the top of Sion Hill looking over the Vale of Aylesbury. It is visible from afar, the old London Road, now reduced to a bridle way, passes it on the north side.

The first rector recorded is Richard Hanley, presented in 1218.

The earliest part of the church, built at the start of the 13th Century consisted of an aisle- less nave and chancel. The chapel was added to the nave in 1230, the arch leading to it is typical of that period. The chancel was rebuilt in 1350.The tower was added in the late 15th or early 16th Century.

There is a peel of 6 bells; the sixth was added to celebrate the millennium.

The organ was originally built or St. Augustine’s Church in Old Hackney and was reputed played by Handel, and certainly heard by Samuel Pepys.

The church is said to have been damaged by Cromwell’s men during the Civil War.

In 1871 Sir Gilbert Scott extensively restored the church.


The stained glass window was installed in memory of the Rev. Thomas Huntley Green, Vicar, who died in 1887.It is an early example of the work of Mary Lownes (1859-1929) who was a leading light in the Arts and Crafts Movement and a Suffragette.

The 20th Century needlework was designed by the late Thea Kay, resident of Botolph Claydon. The stitching was done by Thea and a local team of helpers.

St. Mary’s in the 21st. Century:

In 1976 St. Mary’s joined with All Saints, Middle Claydon and St. Michael’s, Steeple Claydon to become The Parish of The Claydons. This is now ministered by the Swan Team.

Advent and Christmas Services

Please find below list of Services for the Parish of the Claydons including extra services in Advent and Christmas
replacing the list of services listed incorrectly in the parish magazine.

                                      Sun 11th December  
St Mary’s 9.30 am HC
St Michael’s 5.00 pm Christmas Tree Festival                                                                                                                                                                    

                                     Sun 18th December
 St Mary’s 9.30 am Christingle
St Michael’s 11.00 am Refresh
All Saints 6.00 pm Carol Service                                                                                                                                                                                

                                   Saturday 24th December, Christmas Eve
 St Michael’s 4.00 pm Christingle
St Michael’s 11.30 pm Midnight Eucharist                                                                                                                                                                         

                                   Sun 25th December, Christmas Day
All Saints 8.00 am HC BCP
St Mary’s 9.30 am Family Service
St Michael’s 11.00 am Family Communion

Team Vicar:  Wendy Callan 

Church Wardens: Elspeth O’Halloran and Robert O’Connell

Services are held about 3 times a month. This includes an All-Age service and Common Worship Communion. For details see The Claydons Newsletter.

There is a team of bell ringers; practice is at 8pm on Thursday evenings.