The Countess of Clare built St. Mary's Church in the 19th Century. It was designed by Joseph Hansom and is regarded as one of the finest early Victorian Catholic churches in England. The beautiful stained glass windows were added between 1860 and 1880. The parish has had a colourful and interesting history especially in the early day's .If you are in Ryde, why not call in for tea or coffee in our interesting church crypt, open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. It contains a small museum depicting the Catholic and Christian history of the Island. There are also [free] guided tours of the church available, which include a visit to the delightful private chapel of the Countess of Clare, a rare example of a private chapel within a Catholic church. Times of Masses: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm / Sunday 7.45am, 11am; and the fourth Sunday of each month 6pm [Old Rite Latin].