St Mary’s Church is in the benefice of Amport, Grateley, Monxton and Quarley. There are no remains of the original church, which was probably built of timber and thatch. The present church was built of knapped flint in the Decorated style during the years 1320 to 1330. It was luckily completed before the Black Death reached the south of England. Amport’s priest was one of many who died of the disease during the outbreak of 1348/9.
The advowson of this church was given in 1217 to the Canons of Chichester cathedral by William de St John, son of Adam de Port after whom the village was named, and it still remains with Chichester Cathedral. The first record of an incumbent at St Mary’s is in the register of Bishop John de Pontoise of Winchester which, as its very first entry in 1282, notes the institution of Thomas de Anne to the vicarage of Anne, as the village was known at that time. The church was extended and considerably restored in 1866 and re-roofed in 1988.
There are more pictures and architectural notes by Astoft.
Rector: Rev Peter Gilks – 01264 335 245
Vicar: Rev Vanessa Cole – 01264 782 615
Vicar: Rev Matthew Grayshon – 07960 299 434
Licensed Lay: Charmain Howarth – 01264 710 221
Minister: Christine Coulson – 01962 760 637
Minister: Geoff Wortley – 01264 889 426
Warden: Michael Taylor
Warden: Charles Stephens
Amport is fortunate to have both an adult and junior choir, both of which sing regularly at church services in Amport and in the adjacent villages. The combined choirs also sing on special occasions, including Easter, Harvest festivals, and Christmas, as well as at village concerts (usually joined by other local residents who enjoy singing a more secular repertoire).
The adult choir also sings at weddings and funerals by invitation.
Rehearsals take place at 7.15 pm on Thursday evenings, usually in Amport church.
If you or your child would be interested in joining one of the choirs please contact our conductor Maureen Peck at email@example.com or on 01264 772658
Honorary Secretary: Caroline Unwin
Honorary Treasurer: Richard Unwin
Church Book Shop
We have a new selection of books available in St Mary’s Church, Amport, so do come in and have a browse. We have fiction and reference, cookery and gardening, and lots of children’s books, all priced from only 50p for paperbacks or 20p for children’s. The church is open all day every day.
Practice: Friday evenings, 7.30 pm
Captain of the Tower: Martin Routh
Ringing Master: Colin Hares – 01264 710098