St Mary’s, Cogges

Roof repairs
OHCT grant: £20,000

The church family members of St Mary’s Cogges Church continue to be thankful for the two generous grants given by OHCT which enabled two phases of roof repairs to be completed.  

As a result, 2023 has meant a re-dressed roof that is easier to view and maintain.  In addition, 2023 has seen the congregation enjoying a much more water-tight church building for its regular Sunday services.  It has also been good to re-establish some of our community activities in the building which have included a walk-through Easter experience, prayer spaces for all our local Church of England Primary School pupils, a children’s light party alternative to Halloween, Christingle and wider church leadership lunches and events.  We continue to look at ways to enable the flourishing  of the ministry of St Mary’s Church to the people of Cogges, not least in providing a physical place of belonging that is a joy to experience. 


St Mary’s Cogges (Grade I listed) has Norman origins. The church has an unusual tower; positioned in the NW corner of the church it is square at ground stage, octagonal at upper stages with a pyramid roof, and is characteristic of Normandy churches. The south aisle was added in the late 12th century. In the mid 13th century the chancel was rebuilt with a crypt under its East end and the arches of the South arcade were rebuilt, and the South porch added.
The North chapel contains the lavish tomb of Lady Margaret de Grey (1276-1311).
The large West window was added in the late 15th century. During the Civil War the de Greys stained glass was destroyed. In the North chapel there is a large monument commemorating the Blake family. 

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