SO9422 : St Mary's church - Cheltenham Minster

taken 7 months ago, near to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

St Mary's church - Cheltenham Minster
St Mary's church - Cheltenham Minster
With parts having medieval origins dating to the mid 12th Century, this is the town's oldest building, and was given a Grade I listing LinkExternal link in 1972. Obviously over the years there have been many changes, repairs and alterations, but the listing cites a number of reasons for the Grade I, amongst which are its architectural interest, stained glass windows, and internal fixtures & fittings.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

…read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link
St Mary's Church, Cheltenham
Written by Brian Robert Marshall

This fine church is tucked away in a quiet corner of Cheltenham's commercial heart. Listed Grade I LinkExternal link parts date to the late 12th century.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9483 2253 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:54.0773N 2:4.5929W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 94842 22513
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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