Croome d’Abitot


Anglican: St Mary Magdalene

An 18th century Georgian Gothic estate church designed by Capability Brown in 1762 with the interior designed by Robert Adam.  It replaced an earlier church, dedicated to St James, and some records still refer to St James.  Vested in the Churches Conservation Trust since 1975 and restored by them.  The tombs of the Earls of Coventry in the chancel are especially noteworthy. The church forms part of the Croome Park Estate managed by the National Trust and is open most days. Check the National Trust link below for details. Features in Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Churches and Betjeman’s Best British Churches (2011).
 croome          Croome Ext Aug 2008

St Mary Magdalene from old undated postcard.                                  St Mary Magdalene, August 2008

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References and some further sources:
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Stanton, George K.. Rambles and researches among Worcestershire churches: with historical notes relating to the several parishes  Volume : (1884, 1886)

n.b. Full details of these books are on the bibliography page.

Websites:        British History Online: Entry for Croome d’Abitot.
                         Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                         Historic England listing
                         Churches Conservation Trust.
                         National Trust.
                         Family History Website.

Other nearby churches:  Earls Croome,  Hill Croome,  Upton Deanery,  Pershore Deanery

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