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St Mary, Corley, Warwickshire

(52°27′46″N, 1°33′24″W)
SP 302 851
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
  • Harry Sunley
May 1993

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A small church with an early 12thc. nave, a later 12thc. N aisle and a chancel ofc.1300; the W end, with its neo-Norman windows, was rebuilt in 1893. Plain 12thc. windows in the nave S wall and above the N nave arcade, the latter once on the exterior of the church. The early fabric is of red sandstone rubble. Romanesque sculpture is found in the S doorway of the nave and in the N nave arcade; there is also a carved stone inset into the E nave wall to the R of the chancel arch.


In 1066 and in 1086, Godwin held 1 hide here of the King. By 1315 the over;lordship had passed to the Earls of Warwick, and under them the manor was held by the Hastings, Lords of Fillongley, who had subinfeudated it at an early date to the Ringesdon family. No mention of a priest in DS. The earliest recorded advowson in 1190 belonged to Adam de Ringesdon. Following a number of disputes, it was appropriated by Coventry Priory, where it remained until the Dissolution.

VCH suggests that the medieval dedication may have been to St Mary.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



Interior Decoration


The heads on the E respond of the N nave arcade are proud of the circumference of the capital, indicating that they are contemporary with it, although Pevsner suggests that they were cut or recut much later.


Historic England Listed Building 308912

Victoria County History, Warwickshire 4 (1947), 5--60.

A. Wedgewood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Warwickshire, Harmondsworth 1974, 243