SJ9223 : The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford

taken 8 years ago, near to Stafford, Staffordshire, Great Britain

The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford
The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford
Some stonework in the nave of St Mary's is said to be Norman in origin but the building as it stands today appears to be the result of a total rebuild in the early thirteenth century; the cruciform layout with aisled nave and chancel is typical of this period. Work may have begun in the reign of King John (ruled 1199 - 1216).

Prior to the Reformation, St Mary's had a college of thirteen canons (including a dean) and was in effect a cathedral without a bishop.

By the late eighteenth century , St Mary's had fallen into such a poor state of repair that it had to be closed. Although repairs enabled it to be re-opened, a major restoration had to be made in 1844. Further restorations took place in the 1870s and between 1947 and 1952.

LinkExternal link - St Mary's web site
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SJ9223, 419 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 12 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 16 April, 2011
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Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9213 2319 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.3722N 2:7.0911W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9209 2315
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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