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

Address:
Croome Park, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW
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Opening times:
Open daily. N.B. between 1st Sept & 30th Nov 2018 the church may be closed due to conservation work. Please call 0117 9291766 before visiting to check access.
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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. His monument is now in the nearby church of St Mary's at Elmley Castle instead.

St Mary Magdalene is open whenever Croome Park is open - see the National Trust's Croome Park website for detailed opening times.

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  • Access information
    Through the National Trust property on gravel path towards Croome House, then over the grass to a level, stone-paved, wide entrance at the west end under the tower.
  • Facilities & Hire
    Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. 
  • Directions
    4m W of Pershore off A38 & A44; follow the 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.
  • Transport
    Nearest railway station: Pershore (7 miles). Bus route number 362.
  • History & Further Information

    Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

    Worcestershire and Herefordshire County Guide

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

    Croome Walk Around Guide

    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).

  • Conservation and Regeneration
    Autumn 2018:

    Thanks to a generous legacy we are pleased to be able to undertake repairs to the stone parapet on top of the tower of St Mary Magdalene. The stones were joined together, in the eighteenth century, by iron cramps and unfortunately as these have expanded as they have rusted and jacked apart the fragile stonework. To ensure the safety of the contractors and the public during cosnervation work the tower will be scaffolded fro 1st September to 20th November. Access to the church will be affected as the west door will be directly beneath the scaffold but we will try to provide access when possible through the north east door. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Community information

    Church of St Mary Magdelene, Croome D'Abitot, is in our West region.

    Croome Park

    The Church of St Mary Magdelene is situated inside Croome Park, more than 650 acres of landscaped parkland designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, with an Neo-Palladian mansion at its heart which features internal rooms designed by Robert Adam. The Park is now in the hands of the National Trust.

     

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