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Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.

Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.


St Mary's Church, Islington, is a ruined redundant Anglican church in the civil parish of Tilney St Lawrence. Little of the village remains now as it was merged in 1935. The oldest fabric in the ruin dates from the late 13th century, and is found in the nave the chancel and the transept. The tower was added when the church was remodelled in the 15th century. Although it is now a ruin, the church was still intact in 1883, its original plan was cruciform, only the tower and chancel roofs survive. The churches 14th century font was taken to Hillington's Saint Mary's Church, is still there! St Mary's Church, Islington, Arthur Mee wrote: Islington, There are herons in the fine park of the big houseand a sad little cross-shaped church fast settling down to ruin, weary of the wear and tear of its long life from medieval days. But if the church has no memories to preserve for us, the village has a claim to fame, for this is the Islington where lived the bailiff's daughter who wedded the squire's son. The tale, set to music was often sung in Victorian drawing rooms:

There was a youth, a well loved youth,
And he was a squire's son,
He loved the bailiff's daughter dear,
That lived in Islington.

They were part by unsympathetic parents, and the youth believed he had lost his sweetheart for ever, but all Ends happilly at last:

O Stay, O stay, thou goodly youth,
She standeth by your side;
She is here alive, she is not dead,
And ready to be thy bride.

My mother Brenda May Smith was born at Islington, and went on the go to school there, the Hall fell into disrepair, but this is what someone did, repairing the Hall to a very high standard.


St Mary's Church, Islington, Post code:
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.
Islington Saint Mary's Church Ruins.