St Mary’s is the parish church of Comberton, a village five miles west of Cambridge. The fine Grade 1 listed church stands on the highest ground in the village.
The building dates from the 13th century, although it is likely that an older church stood before and was demolished to make way for the new one. By the late fifteenth century, the church interior was highly decorated, with the roof, pews and furnishings painted and fine stained glass in the windows. The dissolution led to two centuries of decay and destruction, and it was only in the nineteenth century that interest was re-ignited and a large scale restoration undertaken.
Today the church is beautifully kept and there is an active Friends’ group which fundraises to maintain the fine church fabric.
The church is home to three bat species: Brown Long-eared; Common pipistrelle and Myotis species.
The church community lives harmoniously with their bats and the church is pristine. The project is giving advice on conservation cleaning and held a mini-masterclass at the church in 2019, which was very well received.