A local landowner, Sarah Losh (1785-1853), designed St Mary's in 1840, partly in memory of her sister and parents. Influenced by the architecture seen on her Grand Tour of Europe, she created an original design that was very much at odds with the English Gothic style of the time, the form of the church based on a Roman basilica, a rectangular nave with a semicircular apse. All architectural decorative features are based on forms unfamiliar in traditional church architecture. The church was built between 1840 and 1842 using local labour.
Spectacular stained glass
Social heritage stories
National heritage here
Steps to enter the church or churchyard
Car park at church
On street parking at church
Accessible toilets nearby
Walkers & cyclists welcome
Space to secure your bike
Church shop or souvenirs
* Open each day, we welcome visitors from around the country and abroad, offering a place of peace and inspiration.
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