All Saints Church is in the centre of the village, where there has been a Church since the 12th Century; the first reference to a church in Marsworth is in 1190. It is a Grade 2* listed building. Some rebuilding was done in 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries. In 1880 Reverend Frederick Wragg was appointed to the parish. During the next 25 years he supervised a skilful restoration programme when well trained local men stoneworkers repaired bad repair work of the mid 19th Century.
The nature of the building requires constant maintenance and repair. Despite much restorative work in the 1960’s and 70’s, recently about £190,000 has been spent on the chancel roof, external stonework and crenellations and weather proofing of some windows on the South side of the Church. Still more needs to be done.
All Saints serves the village community of about 800 people with weekly services, weddings, baptisms and funerals. The duty of maintaining this significant architectural and historical building falls upon this small community. Despite widening the use of the church as much as possible, Marsworth is hard pressed to fund the continual maintenance and repairs, which have to be faced as well as the day to day expenses necessary in running an active church. It is inevitable that, as throughout the centuries, further restoration work will be required for which sums, such as recently that spent, must be found.
If you would like to learn more about what happens in Marsworth, please see the link to the Church website. Perhaps you would like to visit and share in the worship. Meanwhile by competing in the Fun Run, you not only share in a great day in the life of Marsworth but provide much hope and support in meeting the cost of preserving a building which the current residents hold on trust for future generations.