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St Mary, Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire

(52°25′6″N, 1°42′21″W)
SP 201 801
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now West Midlands
  • Harry Sunley

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The church has N and S aisles, a heavily altered 12thc. chancel with plain round-headed windows, and a 15thc. W tower. Romanesque sculpture is found in the blocked N chancel doorway and S nave arcade.


There was a priest at Hampton-in-Arden at the time of the Domesday Survey. Robert Mobray gave the church to the canons of Kenilworth. The church was appropriated to the canons along with its chapels of Nuthurst and Baddesley Clinton, after a dispute.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



The church has undergone extensive changes, which have included alterations and restorations to the Romanesque work. With the exception of the heads of pier 2, which the VCH dates to the 14thc., the shafts and capitals are original; there is, however, uncertainty about the rest of the S arcade, and the two central arches at least are probably later. Pevsner points out that the piers may have been heightened.

The N door with its two different arches is unusual, and the author is uneasy about this. According to the VCH, the tympanum is a fragment of a 13thc. coffin lid with an incised cross head.

The Victoria County History of Warwickshire. 4:100.
N. Pevsner and A. Wedgewood, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire. 1974, 304.