Save St Mary's Shrewsbury

The spire of St Mary's has dominated the skyline of the historic town of Shrewsbury for over 500 years. With its origins dating from Saxon times, it is now the only complete medieval church in the town.

Inside, the church is a treasure house of delights, which includes medieval tombs and the carved ceiling. The crowning glory is the ancient stained glass which was brought to the church in the eighteenth century. The famous Jesse window is thought to be amongst one of the best of its kind by stained glass experts.

St Mary’s has stood over the town of Shrewsbury and has weathered storms, wars and plagues, however, the building now faces a new threat – the ravages of time.

Save St Mary’s is a national campaign, launched by The Churches Conservation Trust, to raise funds to carry out urgent repairs and conservation work at the church. The work will focus on four key areas:

1. Lead replacement

Multiple thefts and vandalism have resulted in the loss of lead on the vestry. This loss of lead can lead to further damage of the sensitive historic fabric of the interior through rain water ingress.

 

2. Stained glass repair

A break-in at the church in 2018 resulted in a medieval stained glass window being smashed. Although the medieval glass is irreplaceable, we hope to restore the window to give an indication of its previous glory.

 

3. Victorian pinnacle repair

The stone pinnacles that sit on top of the Trinity chapel are in need of repair to ensure they remain safe.

4. Floor tiles

The Victorian floor tiles in the south aisle are bulging, due to damp issues. We need to take these up to repair the damage and make this area safe for visitors.

How you can help

Without these repairs, we will not be able to keep St Mary’s open. Please help us in securing the future of this church for future generations to enjoy.

Find out more about St Mary's and how to visit here.