Friends of St Mary's Church Higham
The Secret Garden
In September St Mary’s plans to take part in the Heritage Open Day, keep an eye on this website for further details. In the meantime enjoy this beautiful, unusual building through images and music from your chair at home. Set in one of the most distinctive landscapes of the South East, the church stands on the edge of open marshland, and looks towards the river Thames across waving reed beds and narrow stretches of water.
St Mary’s contains a wonderful selection of medieval woodwork and its big, quiet spaces are there for everyone to enjoy. This is the church and landscape which features in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. The author often visited the church and his daughter married here.
The church is no longer used for regular worship and is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.
The Friends of St. Mary’s supports the work of the Trust, and works to enhance visitors’ experience of the church, hold fundraising events, organise events for children and adults, and promote the building’s unique appeal.