Friday, 2 October 2020

Churches (79) : Abbey Church of the Holy Cross, Shrewsbury

The Abbey Church was founded in 1083CE as a Benedictine monastery by the Earl of Shrewsbury. The abbey was destroyed in the 16th century during the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII but the nave survived to become a parish church. The North and South transepts were demolished and remaining brickwork scars on the surviving church (see below) shows where they once were.

The surviving church has a West tower. The nave has three aisles with a transept chapel and chancel. The church was restored in the 19th century though the masonry is mostly original.