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“Bells and smells”
Review of St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church
Ranked #7 of 79 things to do in Shrewsbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. In 1739, showman Robert Cadman attempted to slide from it, head first, using a rope and a grooved breastplate. His engraved obituary stands outside the west door. The church is now the only complete Medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the world-famous 14th-century 'Jesse window' filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. The Café at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, run by the Battlefield 1403 farm shop and deli, is now open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
UK
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Bells and smells”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

A good wander around some high church bling, and none the worse for that; worth seeing for the stained glass and nicely eclectic masonry.

Visited February 2014
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Manchester
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“great stained glass windows”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Lovely church with lots of stained glass windows.We have never seen so many stained glass windows in one church. Well worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews
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“The Magnitude of History”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

No longer a working church this impressive building is a must see. It dates back to the Norman conquest and sits over a former Pagan ritual site. It's the church that Darwin attended for school too. I honestly can't say enough about this church. It's in impeccable condition and the stewards on site are friendly and knowledgeable. I spent a good 30 minutes talking with the one gentleman about the history and different experiences he;s had in the church. Really go, you won't regret it.

Visited January 2014
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Saint John, Canada
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Hmmm... near a 1000 year old...”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Yes... as my Son-in-law said to me... this church is older than Canada... ! The guide told us the history of the Church together with the affinity with the University of Oxford. Quite amazing! The stain glass in one of a kind... Serenity at its best... A worship venue that needs to be visited if you are in Oxford...

Visited December 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

A lovely peaceful place to spend a quiet hour and the stained glass is magnificent. Pity its no longer an 'active' place of worship.

Visited November 2013
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