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St Mary’s in Kings Worthy has a varied and fascinating history. The oldest part of the church, including the tower, doorway and font base, dates back to Norman times. But what can be seen now is largely the work of Victorian restorations.
The roof structure is medieval and until the Reformation, there was a rood screen and loft. The interior was “modernised” around 1737 with a flat ceiling, a large wooden gallery and probably box pews. The Church was restored to gothic form in sweeping alterations during 1849 at a cost then of £700 (now over £50,000). These included the removal of ceilings and gallery, the rebuilding of the north wall and the addition of a new south aisle. The north wall was rebuilt again in 1864 when a new longer chancel and vestry were created and the nave, roof and south aisle were extended. The Victorians also moved the font from the east end of the church to its current position. The font is 14th Century on a Norman base of Purbeck marble and is said to be one of the finest in Hampshire.
The church is open during daylight hours.