Our heritage

Help us to preserve it

The Friends of St. Mary’s is a Registered Charity whose members are dedicated to the preservation of the magnificent Grade 1 listed buildings that have dominated the life of Higham Ferrers for 800 years:

• St Marys Church

• Chantry Chapel

• Bede House.

The Friends are a secular organisation; you do not have to belong to any church or denomination to become a member of ‘the Friends’. You just need to share our desire to preserve this wonderful heritage.

All funds raised through membership and any other fund raising activity, are for the specific purpose of supporting the exterior preservation, repair, maintenance and restoration of these buildings, and the churchyard in which they are situated.

What's new?

The Bedeswoman's garden

We are pleased to announce our latest venture, an apothecary’s garden to the rear of the Bede House.

This garden is partly funded thanks to the success of a Nenescape Award: a Heritage Lottery initiative telling stories of the Nene Valley. Named The Bedeswoman’s Garden, our aim is for this previously neglected area to serve as a living legacy and a celebration in tangible form of a unique and historically important order and way of life as the 600-year anniversary approaches.

Find out more in our latest newsletter ...