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“Warm welcome”
Review of St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church
Ranked #6 of 82 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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Chelmsford
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Warm welcome”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Amazing collection of glass and a sense of peace. Taken round by a volunteer who knew the history of this ancient church so well.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Magnificent”
Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

A real surprise. Very interesting church, lovely glass and organ. Helpful volunteers. Would visit St Marys again.

Visited March 2014
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Stockport Cheshire
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“lovely church”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

Old and lovely church who obviously have lots of activities on, there was a vintage fair on when we visited and a visiting mobile tea room that was lovely.
Worth a visit

Visited March 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Fabulous ceiling”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

There is a wonderful collection of stained glass in this redundant Church which is under the care of the Churches' Conservation Trust. A lot of it is medieval and the East Window (Jesse Window) is very good indeed. The carved roof is also fabulous. The Church is open most of the time and free to visit.

Visited March 2014
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UK
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 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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