Studley Parish Church

Studley Parish Church

Studley Parish Church

The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Studley began as a Saxon village around the River Arrow. There is a priest at Studley mentioned in the Doomsday Book.  This means that there was probably a wooden Saxon church on the site of the present Norman stone church, which was founded around 1105. A late Anglo-Saxon axe head was found in the churchyard in the 1950s.

From the Middle Ages the village of Studley gradually migrated to its present site around the Icknield Way, now the A435.  There is no documentary evidence for why the population shifted.  Theories include the Plague or flooding from the River Arrow.

In the 19th Century there was still an inn opposite the church, and a number of scattered cottages, all known as Church End.  Now only the church and the manor (on the site of the Norman castle, seat of the Corbucion family) remain.  This has given the church an exceptionally tranquil setting.

The church was restored in 1888 and again in 1935, when the 12th century window in the north wall was discovered.

The current Restoration began in 1990.  So far the tower and all roofs have been renewed.  The church has been completely rewired and redecorated.  During the 1997 redecoration the wall paintings were surveyed.  Considerable traces were found of medieval paintings, but were too fragile to leave exposed.  The windows remain to be restored.  The church is listed as Grade 2*.  The building is an unusual mixture of styles, with many architectural puzzles.

The style of worship at Studley church is rich in its variety, attracting a large congregation.  All ages and needs are catered for in the mix from quiet, reflective services to lively all age gatherings.  Details of our services are on the weekly news sheet and the church diary page of this website.

Upcoming Services

Below is a list of services for the next three weeks. For more information please go to the Church Diary page.


Thursday 27 July 2017

09:30
Studley Parish Centre
Leader: PW
Preacher: Rev'd David Hall
President: Rev'd David Hall

Sunday 30 July 2017

10:00
Studley Parish Church
Readings
Romans 8.26end
Matthew 13.3133, 4452

Leader: tba
Preacher: tba
President: AT

Thursday 3 August 2017

09:30
Studley Parish Centre
Leader: Jle
Preacher: tba
President: tba

Sunday 6 August 2017

10:00
Studley Parish Church
Readings
2 Peter 1.1619
Luke 9.2836

Leader: A&RT
Preacher: A&RT
President: A&RT
12:00
Studley Parish Church
Readings
2 Peter 1.1619
Luke 9.2836

Leader: Rev'd Denny

Thursday 10 August 2017

09:30
Studley Parish Centre
Leader: Jlo
Preacher: ST
President: ST

Sunday 13 August 2017

08:00
Studley Parish Church
Readings
Romans 10.515
Matthew 14.2233

Leader: JLE
Preacher: TL
President: JLE(EXT)
10:00
Studley Parish Centre
Readings
Romans 10.515
Matthew 14.2233

Leader: TEAM
10:00
Studley Parish Church
Readings
Romans 10.515
Matthew 14.2233

Leader: TEAM