St Mary le More (to give its full title, as opposed to St Mary the Less, which also existed in Wallingford in medieval times) is not the oldest of the present churches in our town. That honour goes to St Leonard’s Church, on the river bank, which dates back to Saxon times. There has been a church on the market square, however, since Norman times, and we know that that church was rebuilt at the end of the 13th century. The church you now see in the market place was largely rebuilt in 1854 at the cost of £2,400. The last major renewal took place in 2009–10, at considerably greater cost! We hope that our church building can now enable more of our local community to worship God in a variety of ways. We strive to be a welcoming place for all who enter our churches and hope you will enjoy your time with us.
St Leonard’s is still used for regular Sunday worship, both in the morning and the evening, for Evensong. The other Anglican church in town is St Peter’s, also on the river bank and next to the bridge. It is used for occasional services and provides a beautiful venue for concerts in the summer.
The Friends of St Mary’s and St Leonard’s Churches help preserve the fabric of these historic buildings.
The Parish of Wallingford is also linked in a team with the nearby parishes of Crowmarsh Gifford and Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.