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?

Come to our Autumn Coffee Morning

Our annual coffee morning in the Bede House is on Saturday 29 October from 9am until noon, when the Farmers Market will be held on the Market Square.

You can enjoy a coffee and perhaps a slice of cake, and buy a variety of spring bulbs at bargain prices for your garden. Proceeds to the Ukraine Appeal.

Our local hedgehog rescue lady will be on hand with advice and lots of things for sale.

And much more ...


First impressions ...

We are delighted to announce that the new church noticeboard, kindly funded by the Friends, is finally in place.

The design was chosen to leave more space for communicating details of services and events as well as news from the Friends of St. Mary's.


The new entrance from Midland Road to the Bede House is well under way with the ironstone replaced on the archway curve from the same quarry in Oxfordshire as that of the cill on the World War I Memorial plaque.

A new wheelchair-friendly, non-slip pathway is laid.

We now eagerly await the new oak gate complete with the restored and repainted original ironmongery.

Unique tapestry unveiled in Higham Ferrers

A unique tapestry which traces the life of one of Northamptonshire’s most famous historic figures, was unveiled in Higham Ferrers on Thursday 24 February 2022.

The tapestry honours the Higham Ferrers-born Henry Chichele who became one of the longest serving Archbishops of Canterbury, appointed by his close friend Henry V in the early fifteenth century just before the Battle of Agincourt. It shows scenes from his remarkable life of almost 80 years and celebrates his heritage in Higham.

The tapestry was the brainchild of retired art and design teacher Fay Caddick, who was the driving force behind two big projects.

See the full story here ...

Rewilding Project

We are delighted to announce that we have been given a Silver Award for our Rewilding Project by the Wildlife Trust in the Northamptonshire Churchyard Conservation Award Scheme.