St Mary's Church Portchester.
Built in the 1120's in the grounds of Portchester Castle.
Still used as a parish church.
Nelson's 'writer' at Trafalgar, Thomas Goble, is buried in the graveyard. His grave was restored in in 2005, principally by the efforts of the Portchester Civic
The door to St Mary's Church Portchester.
The Restoration Fund for this important historic church was launched by the parishoners in 2006.
Saving St Mary's
In the first year of the Restoration Fund the magnificent and hard-working volunteers have raised £100,000!
The problem is this will soon be spent, much of it going on the drainage system.
Over the last few years every heavy downpour of rain has meant rushing to put sandbags round the church, and it's still been flooded on several occasions.
The work has begun on the drains, but historic artefacts keep surfacing!!!!!
With everything being done to preserve the history, and learn more, this has meant paying an archaeologist to investigate. Some are believed to date back to Tudor times.
After the drainage system has been finished, there is the overhaul of the roof, rewiring and relighting of the church, provision of disabled toilet facilities and graveyard health and safety work to complete!!!!!
Please, if you live in the Portsmouth area, or are visiting this summer, set aside a day to visit Portchester Castle and St Mary's Church, and put something into the restoration fund.
If you attend a service there and the person you are sitting next to isn't joining in the hymns with gusto, look closely, have you been joined by a Tudor ancestor whose sleep had been disturbed!
Help Save Our History Year 2007
The roof with missing tiles, tiles in the guttering and pigeons able to enter the roof space.
If you have been helped by the free Tudor Rural Life history on this website then please help save St Mary's Church in Portchester.
If the 100,000+ who have visited this site since the start in August 2006 all sent just one 20p piece (a 50p or £1 coin would be better still!) taped to a piece of paper (marked 'for the Restoration Fund'), in an envelope to the church office: -
St Mary's Church Office
Portchester Parish Hall
think how much could be done!
It's stood, watched and told it's history for hundreds of years. Don't let us be the generation who didn't care enough to preserve it for those who will follow us.
The website is
Learn the history of this wonderful little church.
Work in Progress
Inside St Mary's
A couple of the wonderful hassocks
These are just two of the lovely individual hassocks (kneelers) embroidered in 1983 on the 850th anniversary of the church, come and see the rest.