St Mary’s Church has high evidential value; there has been a church on the site since c.1190 and, despite early Cl 9 additions and late Cl 9 restoration by John Middleton, the building still incorporates a late Cl4/early ClS tower and south aisle, and evidence of a late Cl3 priest’s chamber in the south transept. The churchyard is also clearly of archaeological significance and contains a scheduled C15 cross and an impressive collection of Grade II listed monuments, which also contribute to the historic value and setting of the church.

The church’s historical significance otherwise primarily derives from its early origins and from its illustrative value in relation to the development of Charlton Kings. The church retains a number of important fittings, including the C12 octagonal tub font, an ancient alms chest and C14 piscina. The late C18 and early C19 wall memorials and C17 Royal Arms are also important contributors to the church’s historic and communal value as reminders of past lives and events.

There is considerable aesthetic value both in the church and churchyard, the church’s most striking external features being the tower (a prominent local landmark), the reticulated tracery windows and the striking rose window at the west end. Notable internal features include the alternate octagonal and cylindrical piers in the nave and the impressive vaulting at the base of the tower. The rose window is also an impressive feature of the interior; its large size and the relatively low height of the barrel-profile nave roof gives the interior space an intimate quality. The churchyard is an attractive green space and its Grade II listed boundary wall and railings significantly enhance the streetscape.

The church’s large congregation places significant spiritual value on both the church and churchyard. While the building’s interior space is relatively inflexible and the facilities are limited, the church has close links to the neighbouring Parish Centre which is well used. The building is left unlocked during the day and has many visitors, demonstrating its value to the wider community.
Evidential Value – High
Historic Value – High
Aesthetic Value – High
Communal Value – High
Overall Heritage Value – High