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St Mary, Haseley, Warwickshire

(52°18′34″N, 1°39′24″W)
SP 235 680
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Harry Sunley

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Feature Sets

This is a simple aisleless church with a tower, nave and chancel. The earliest part is S door and sections of nave wall. There is a modern porch with neo-Romanesque decoration.


The Domesday return of Warwickshire records that there was a priest at Haseley. The estate was then held by Humphrey of Hasculf Musard. This Humphrey was very likely the earliest member of the Hasteng family attested in the 12thc. and 13thc. His son, Humphrey II, together with his mother, Lecelina, granted the two churches of Haseley and Whitnash, also in Warwickshire, to the Augustinian canons of Nostell; his grant was confirmed in a charter of confirmation issued by King Henry II in the 1150s (Monasticon Anglicanum, vi. no. 223). A writ of Henry I, drafted in the 1120s, confirmed that Solomon, clerk, son of Humphrey I Hasteng, and the churches he holds of the canons of Nostell, should be exempt from all gelds, pleas, and customs (Early Yorkshire Charters, iii. no. 1438). This Solomon must be the son of the Domesday Humphrey and the brother of Humphrey II Hasteng and may have even been priest of the church of Haseley. The writ of Henry I would imply that the church of Haseley must have been granted to the canons no later than 1133. The canons of Nostell appear to have lost possession of the church at some point in the late 12thc. or early 13thc. The church had been acquired by the Augustinian priory of St Sepulchre in Warwick by 1291 at the latest.


Exterior Features



The doorway may have been re-set.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 144.

R. Dodsworth & W. Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum, ed. J. Caley, H. Ellis and B. Bandinel, 6 vols in 8, London, 1817–30.

W. Farrer & C. T. Clay, Early Yorkshire Charters, 12 vols in 13 (vols. 1–3, Edinburgh, 1914–16; index vol., Wakefield, 1942; vols. 4–12, 1935–65).

C. Pickford and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, New Haven and London, 2016, 355-56.

Victoria County History: Warwickshire, III, 1945, 104.