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St Mary, Alderminster, Warwickshire

(52°8′6″N, 1°39′55″W)
SP 230 486
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire and Worcestershire
now Warwickshire
medieval Worcester
now Coventry
medieval Holy Cross
now Holy Cross and St Mary
  • Harry Bodenham

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Aisleless and cruciform in plan with a chancel, N and S transepts, nave, N porch and central tower. The crossing is of 1193 (Pevsner) as is the N transept. The S transept and chancel are 13thc. (VCH) In 1874 and 1884, the nave was practically rebuilt and a modern "Romanesque" doorway was inserted in the S wall. The late 12thc. N doorway survives, although with restored tympanum. Three small, plain lancets also survive, one in the N and one in the S wall of the nave and the third in the W wall of the N transept.


The earliest building on the site was early 12thc. Towards the end of the 12thc. the chancel was demolished and the four arches supporting the central tower were built on its site, together with a N transept. Early in 13thc. the S transept was built and a little later the chancel was rebuilt together with the upper stages of the tower. Pevsner dates the four crossing arches to 1193. Advowson - The church was appropriated to the abbey of Pershore by Henry de Soilli, Bishop of Worcester 1193-5 and this was confirmed by Pope Celestine III 1191-8 and Hubert Archbishop of Canterbury 1193-1207.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

According to VCH the wheel-cross was probably from the original, early 12thc. tympanum.

VCH 4:10-12.
Pevsner, 62-63.