Friday, 9 October 2020

Churches (80) : St Mary, Warwick

The Collegiate church of St Mary dominates the centre of Warwick. Although much of the current church dates from a rebuilding in the early 18th century, St Mary's origins are Norman. The church's foundations date from 1123CE, created by the second Earl of Warwick, Roger de Beaumont. The crypt is the only surviving part of the original church.

The chancel and vestries were rebuilt in the 14th century. The church was devastated in the Great Fire of Warwick of 1694 (as was much of the town for that matter). The nave and tower were destroyed in the fire and were replaced in a Gothic rebuilding of the church in 1704.