Church of St Mary Magdelene, Croome D'Abitot, Worcestershire

Address: Croome Park, Croome D'Abitot, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW
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Open when Croome Park is open. For detailed opening times, see the Croome Park website.
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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 as was the church, set on a low hill nearby in Croome Park as an "eye catcher’. The views out to the Malvern Hills on a clear day are spectacular.

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 and so his monument is now in the nearby church of St Mary’s at Elmley Castle instead!

St Mary Magedelene is open when Croome Park is open. See the Croome Park website (National Trust) for detailed opening times.

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Road directions

4m W of Pershore off A38 & A44; follow National Trust signs to Croome Park. The church is on the top of the hill overlooking the house and park. Parking at National Trust car park. Access to church via visitor centre.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Pershore (7 miles). Bus route number 362.

OS Reference No.

SO 886 450

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16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconA walk round guide for Church of St Mary Magdelene, Croome D'Abitot (513kb, PDF)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconHerefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.3mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. chris hancox (18 Sep 2011, 20:22)

    Visited Croome as a member of the National Trust finding.f the church there was a bonus. Very tranquil and being able to read the information on the family really brings the whole church, house and grounds to life.

  2. Dave (29 Jul 2013, 09:40)

    Croome Park. Not a place we will be going to again. Went for the gardens originally but too sparsely spread over too large an area to be pleasant, no suprising "nooks and crannies", just wide open fields, a man made river and a horror of a church.
    The Church, ......this particular one was not dedicated to either God, St Mary Magdalene or anyone but the Earls of Coventry, the "We are the very rich and powerful Earls of Coventry and we wish all to know that". Virtually no religious artefacts in situ, just written and sculpted reminders of "those who owned the place". It was bleak, empty of feeling and created a sense of "them and us". The day was saved by the staff in the cafe, chatty, jokey and just nice people to talk to, and the weather was perfect

  3. David Clayton (10 Sep 2013, 18:49)

    Our visit to the Church of St Mary Magdelene was to see where our mother and father were married in Dec 1946. They were both stationed at RAF Defford, mum served there as a cook for a couple of years, dad also a cook for about a year while he was demobbed. It was a moving moment to enter the church as this was where our lives all began. Dad died 2007, mum is still alive but suffered a stroke a week after her 90th birthday this year, but has lost her memory so will not appreciate the meaning of our visit. We will return and next time will bring back a little bit of them both. Parents names are Ronald Clayton and Mary Parker

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Church of St Mary Magdelene, Croome D'Abitot, Worcestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Wheelchair access is possible along a surfaced path to the front of the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.