The Friends of St Mary's Church's publications

All of the publications have a St Mary’s connection, its history, people that have been associated with the Church or events with which the Church has been involved. They are all for sale and the proceeds go to help the Friends support the Church. Over the years we have produced Notelets, Christmas cards, a guide to the Church, a history of the Church, a superb DVD recording of a talk on the history of the Church given by John Bailey, a history of Beilby Porteus and the text of the Beilby Porteus Memorial Lectures. The lectures were named after Beilby Porteus (1731-1809) who was the 116th Bishop of London and made an important contribution towards the fight against slavery. He had a country retreat at Sundridge and lies buried in the churchyard at Sundridge.


The Beilby Porteus Memorial lectures

The Friends have published the first two talks as one edition. The talks are extremely interesting, profound and relevant to today. The talks are easy to read, have humour and are, to say the least, thought provoking.

A DVD of John Bailey’s talk

John Bailey is an Accredited Architect in historic Building Conservation, a speaker and former Chairman of Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings and Surveyor of the Fabric for both Rochester and Guildford Cathedrals. His talk about the architecture of St Mary’s in particular and ancient churches in general was recorded and there is DVD for sale which includes close ups of the features of the Church mentioned in John’s lectures plus aerial pictures of the church not previously published. The cost of the DVD is £8.00 if collected or £10.00 posted. 

Beilby Porteus A man who loved Sundridge

A fascinating insight into the life of Beilby Porteus from his birth on 8th May 1731 in York through to his appointment of Bishop of Chester and then Bishop of London, his close association with the village of Sundridge and his fight to abolish slavery. £3.50 collected or plus postage.

St Mary’s Church, A pictorial guide

A charming booklet illustrating some of the wonderful features of the Church with descriptions of features. £3.50 collected or plus postage.

Cards with envelopes

A lovely reproduction of a watercolour by the Reverend John Louis Petit painted in 1867. These are folded cards and come as packs of 6 cards with envelopes. The cards are 115mm x 165mm when folded.

Notelets with envelopes

A charming reproduction of a lovely picture of St Mary’s Church printed one side only on white cartridge and folded as a “french fold”. Folded size is A6 and they are packed as sets of 6 cards with envelopes. 

Postcards with envelopes

A charming reproduction of a lovely picture of St Mary’s Church printed one side only and can be used as a postcard or notelet. Cards A6 are packed as sets of 6 cards and envelopes.