Wednesday 27 November 2019

Churches (44) : St Mary the Virgin, Tutbury

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, also known as St Mary's Priory Church, is located next to the castle in the Staffordshire village of Tutbury. The oldest part of the church, the Western part dates from about 1160CE. The church was used by the monks at Tutbury Priory but after the end of the monastry St Mary's became the parish church. The Western part of the church was retained for this though the Eastern part (along with the priory itself) was demolished during the Reformation.

The South tower was added to the church in the sixteenth century, a North aisle was added in the early nineteenth. Above the Western door is an alabaster archway which is thought to be the only remaining external alabaster archway on a church in the country.