St Mary Magdalene

Discover this glorious early Gothic Revival chapel, sat alongside the National Trust house and landscape of Croome Park, laid out by Capability Brown.

About this church

A masterpiece of architectural fantasy. The original church at Croome was demolished by the 6th Earl of Coventry when he decided to replace his adjacent Jacobean house in the 1750s. His new house and park were designed and laid out by Capability Brown but the interiors of both house and church are attributed to Robert Adam and were completed in 1763.

Built by some of the finest craftsmen in England, every detail has been considered, from pretty plaster mouldings to handsome carved pews, the church is a perfect fantasy of the period, with elegant Gothick windows and plasterwork, pulpit, communion rails, commandments and creed boards.

Opulent monuments brought from the old church, long since demolished, show the former Barons and Earls of Coventry in their full glory. The earliest, in black and white marble, shows the 1st Lord, who died in 1639, reclining under a canopy. The monument to the 1st Earl, who died in 1699, is missing because the 2nd Earl disapproved of his father's second marriage, at an advanced age, to a servant, Elizabeth Graham. His monument is now in the nearby church of St Mary's at Elmley Castle instead.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • CafĂ© within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

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St Peter

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Pershore Abbey (Abbey Church of the Holy Cross)

For over 1300 years Pershore Abbey has been a centre for Christian worship and life, from its early beginnings as a Saxon monastery to today, as people of all ages still gather to pray, share their spiritual journey and mark significant life events in this place. Pershore Abbey celebrates its Benedictine heritage particularly through its welcome of visitors and pilgrims. We hope your visit to the Abbey will be both rewarding and memorable.

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St Mary

The distinctive appearance of the church in this village near the River Severn is due mainly to the contrasting balustrade top section of the tower, an 18th century afterthought in sandstone, which looks surprisingly attractive on the large 12th and 13th century cruciform building of much paler lias stone.

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