St Mary’s is an Anglican parish church serving the town of Oxted in East Surrey. We are part of the Oxted Team Ministry, formed in 2014, which comprises the parishes of Oxted, Hurst Green, Tandridge and Crowhurst.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, St Mary’s Church remains at the heart of life in Oxted and is a growing Christian community committed to serving this locality. The ancient church was built nearly one thousand years ago and, together with its historic graveyards, provides a unique home for the key moments and memories of our town.
The church tower dates back to the 12th Century. The chancel is 13th Century, the South and North aisles 14th and the entrance is 15th.
The churchyard is circular, containing what are thought to be 2 Crusaders’ graves. They have a cross on top and are next to the West wall. The 5O-ft tower has clocks on 3 faces and six bells on its 3rd floor. The pews seat about 350 people, with about 100 being the average Sunday attendance.
The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Oxted Parish Council provide an access point for more than 10,500 residents offering community information. Improving communication and involving residents in local issues enables the Council to work more closely with the residents of Oxted and Hurst Green.
The Parish Councillors are very proud of Oxted’s heritage with its open spaces, community spirit, its excellent range of town centre and countryside housing, and its local facilities.
Oxted offers a comprehensive range of shopping facilities and restaurants together with a leisure centre and swimming pool. Master Park, along with the playing fields at Mill Lane and Bushey Croft provide sporting spaces for football, cricket, tennis and childrens playgrounds.
The usual amenities such as a library, health centre and community buildings are available along with a local cinema, the Barn Theatre and an excellent selection of schools. It has a mainline station with a fast service to London and good transport links to the rest of the country.
The Parish Councillors strive to protect this heritage and environment and at the same time look to the future needs of the wider community especially the aspirations of young families that are the next generation.
St. Mary’s School, Oxted is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior School for pupils aged 7 to 11 years.
The Church founded the original school in 1872 in Old Oxted. In 1963 the school was transferred to its present site as the local, purpose built Church of England Junior School. St. Mary’s School is situated below the North Downs in the middle of one of Oxted’s main residential areas.
The school serves Oxted and outlying villages. The children make frequent visits to the Parish Church, St. Mary’s, which is over 900 years old.
Oxted, with a population of approximately 10,000, lies 20 miles south of London on the A25 and is within 4 miles of Junction 6 on the M25.