Many a cathedral is screened from the view of people passing beneath its shadow. In Higham Ferrers the parish church of the Blessed Virgin Mary has the same kind of seclusion. To approach it from College Street one first has to locate the small opening between the coffee shop and the line of square looking, dignified houses fringing the now quiet Market Square. No-one with an eye for the ancient and beautiful should ignore that opening.
What stands beyond the short passageway is a rarity, even in a country where almost every town and village has a church of some consequence - a whole group of ecclesiastical buildings worthy to be compared with the ensembles of much more famous places.
The church alone has a reputation that brings connoisseurs to the town, and not so many years ago the vicar found "Edward P" freshly written in the visitors book; but there are also within its grounds a chantry chapel of lovely design and the interesting Bede House that Chichele gave and the 600 year old churchyard cross.