St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe

What's there to see? The "Mayflower" church, St Mary's was built in 1715 by John James, an associate of Christopher Wren.

The 1764 Byfield organ is a superb example of eighteenth century organ-building, and retains the tonal quality of Handel's day.

Inside and out are significant memorials to Prince Lee Boo, Captain Christopher Jones of the Mayflower and Peter Hills, who founded the parish school in 1614. The interior of the church was reordered by Butterfield in 1876.

Other items of interest include two episcopal chairs and an altar carved from wood salvaged from The Fighting Temeraire, immortalised by JMW Turner in 1838; and the east window, filled with sixteenth-century German glass and depicting the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


When is it open? The church is open daily 9am-6pm excluding Mondays (narthex only). The body of the building can be visited at service times, as advertised on the website.

Sunday Mass is at 10am (with the church open from 9am-noon), with Evensong at 6pm (church open 5.45-7pm).

Who can I contact? The Rector is Fr Mark Nicholls (020 7394 3394 or 07909 546 659), who lives across the road from the church at 72A St Marychurch Street or you can visit St Mary's website. The church is in St Marychurch Street, SE16 5JE.