Christians have been worshipping in Cholsey for more than a thousand years. The church was founded as an abbey church by King Ethelred the Unready in approximately 986. It is thought that the lower part of the church tower with its "long and short" cornerstones typical of Saxon buildings, dates from this time. This is all that remains of what was probably the last great Anglo-Saxon monastery to be built in England. The abbey at Cholsey is mentioned in the Domesday Book, the great survey of England commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086.
The church's most famous member was the crime-writer Agatha Christie, who was a regular attender at St Mary's for the 40 or so years she lived in the parish until she died in 1976. She is buried with her husband, the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. Her grave is located in the north west corner of the churchyard.
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