St. Mary's Church, Battersea
name = St. Mary's Church, Battersea
Church of England, earlier Roman Catholic
Anglican Diocese of Southwark
St. Mary's Church, Battersea is the local
Church of Englandparish church in Battersea, formerly in Surreyand now part of south London, England. The parish is now within the diocese of Southwark. Christians have worshipped there regularly for well over a thousand years and continue to do so to this day.
St. Mary's stands on one of the earliest known consecrated sites on the south bank of the
River Thames. The original church was built as early as 800AD, presumably by the Saxons, and the present building was completed in 1777.
The church has strong connections with art and literature through
William Blake, who was married here, and Turner, who painted the river from the vestry window. Benedict Arnoldand his family are buried in the crypt, and the church has links with the explorer "Scott of the Antarctic".
* [http://www.stmarysbattersea.org.uk/ Official website]
* [http://home.clara.net/pkennington/VirtualTour/windows_modern.htm Stained glass virtual tour]
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