St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Croome – St Mary Magdalene’s Church
Croome D'Abitot, Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW
This church is one of 340 cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust – the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. For more details about all our churches, see visitchurches.org.uk.
A masterpiece of architectural fantasy in a National Trust park.
The church of St Mary Magdalene and its setting was created by two of the great names of the 18th century – Robert Adam and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It was commissioned by the 6th Earl of Coventry as part of the remodelling of the Croome Park estate and rises from glorious landscaped parkland – a great Gothick celebration. Built by some of the finest craftsmen in England, every detail has been considered, from pretty plaster mouldings to handsome carved pews. Opulent monuments brought from the old church, long since demolished, show the former Lords 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. The 2nd Earl disapproved of his father’s second marriage, at an advanced age, to a servant, Elizabeth Graham – and the monument is now in the nearby church of St Mary’s at Elmley Castle.
This church is one of 340 cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust – the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. Discover these atmospheric buildings and the stories they tell of people and place. You will find some of the finest craftsmanship the country has to offer – art and architecture, wall paintings, sculpture, stained glass and monuments. A thousand years of English history awaits you!
020 7213 0660
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for educational visits
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed