St. Mary of Bethany

St. Mary of Bethany is a 1907 Arts and Crafts Grade II listed church, designed by W.D. Caroe. The Reverend WFT Hamilton of Christ Church Woking could see the need for another church in the parish to serve the residential area just outside the town centre, and bought the land now occupied by the church - and offered to pay for its construction - when he left Woking for Cromer in Norfolk.

The Rev Hamilton's wife died very young and he named the church after her, likening his wife to Mary. The principal items on view are the brick and tile arches a Heaton, Butler and Byrne stained glass window, a Nathaniel Hitch reredos, Caröe's hardware and rainwater hoppers and a Hunter organ. Among the artefacts on view will be the elaborate silver foundation stone trowel, the first service book, copies of W D Caröe's drawings. The Woking News and Mail said at its dedication that "The interior is well ventilated, and lighted by electricity, and, with its open timber roofs and carved wood fittings, presents a spacious appearance".

Event Details: Children's activities and refreshments available.

Date: Tuesday 17 and Saturday 21 September

Time: 10am to 4pm

Address: Mount Hermon Road, Woking GU22 7UH

Facilities: Car park opposite the top of West Hill Road. Toilets on site.

Accessibility: Much of the main body of the church is wheelchair accessible.

Contact: Richard Langtree 07926 056917

www.stmaryofbethany.org.uk