St Leonard's Church, Semley

Semley Church

A parish church has stood in Semley since Norman times. However the present church is Victorian. The remnants from the older buildings are the Norman font and a thirteenth century effigy of a priest, which are both situated close to the north door. The rebuilding of the church was begun in 1866 by the then Rector of Semley. He took down the old chancel and built a new one entirely at his own expense. The rest of the building was demolished in 1874 and was rebuilt around the new chancel in Perpendicular style. The Church contains some fine stained glass; this includes a spectacular window in the Lady Chapel designed by Henry Haig in memory of WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was tragically shot while on duty at the Libyan Embassy in St James Square, London and died on the 17th April 1984.

The tower is a prominent feature with a small spire in the northwest corner. There is a fine set of 6 bells (one of the heaviest rings in the country) which are in good working order.

Sunday Services

The normal monthly pattern of Sunday services in the Church is as follows:

  • First Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am
  • Second Sunday of the month: Family Service at 9.30 am
  • Third Sunday of the month: Evening Prayer at 6.00 pm
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: BCP Sung Eucharist at 11.00 am

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to find the Church

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St Leonard's Church, Semley - Reordering Work

St Leonard's Church, Semley, is now open every day again - so back to normal. The building works are virtually finished, and all is looking grand.


Carol Service - St Leonard’s Church, Semley - 24th December 2017

AdventYou are all welcome to this increasingly popular Carol Service which will take place at St Leonard's Church, Semley, on Sunday 24th December 2017 at 6.00 pm and that is expected to last about 45 minutes. It will take the format of 6 carols and 6 readings, and one of the carols will be ‘Away in a Manger’ during which children will be able to gather round the crib and sing the last verse. There will be tea-lights on the ledges in the church, but you are asked not to bring naked candles unless in covered lanterns. Alternatively you might wish to bring a covered torch.