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St Mary's Church

St Mary's Street,, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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Very old but architecturally brilliant.

Once passed into main church a magnificent stain glass window beckons in front. A courteous gent... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David G
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Stafford, United Kingdom
Fascinating church

Spent almost 2hours in the church chatting with stuff learning about the history of the church and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Phi L
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The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. In 1739, showman Robert Cadman attempted to slide from it, head first, using a rope and a grooved breastplate. His engraved obituary stands outside the west door. The church is now the only complete Medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the world-famous 14th-century 'Jesse window' filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. The Café at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, run by the Battlefield 1403 farm shop and deli, is now open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.
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St Mary's Street,, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF, England
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"highest spire"
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"well worth a visit"
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"beautiful building"
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"town centre"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once passed into main church a magnificent stain glass window beckons in front. A courteous gent approached and quickly explained how the church developed through the ages. He then offered us a guide which gave info about various parts of church. Just walk clockwise, read...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent almost 2hours in the church chatting with stuff learning about the history of the church and being impressed by the fascinating glass windows. Would recommend to visit this church when in Shrewsbury. One of the nicest, maybe even the nicest church in Shrewsbury

Thank Phi L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It began to pour with rain as I was walking through Shrewsbury, so I darted into St Mary's Church for shelter, and am very glad that I did! This church is home to one of the best stained glass windows I have seen anywhere, the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fascinating church with an incredible history and very knowledgeable volunteers. The church also houses a lovely café offering very tasty food and snacks. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was that the building had no heating on and was exceptionally...More

Thank Roy W
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Had some friends come to stay so went for a day out to shrewsbury During our walk about we came upon St Marys church .Our friends are members of a group that go around the country looking at churches.They said that is church has some...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

There always seems to be something "on" at the church be it art shows or talks. Nice little cafe associated to Battlefield 1403 franchise. I love the light at the altar end on a suny day

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

The church was icy cold, but the volunteers there gave us a lovely introduction to the history and the glorious stained glass windows.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

We visited this church and we were aware of the spirit of Christmas .To sit and and Admire the high altar and the stained glass window,.The church is beautiful and the staff in there were very helpful.This was a suitable venue just to sit and...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Visited for one of the pre Christmas Wednesday ( late night shopping in town) events in this oasis in the town centre.Projections on all the walls and ceilings of a medieval theme.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This was possibly our favourite Shrewsbury church that we visited during our short break in the town. The stained glass windows in particular and the information about them was really interesting. We all had a great cup of tea here in their restaurant and we...More

Thank Veronica B
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There is no charge but in most churches in u.k. Donations are always welcome. The peace bestowed by visit to this church cannot be priced. Give what you can and if you can't don't worry. Say a prayer and be thankful for... More
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