St Mary Magdalene's Church, Croome d'Abitot

Recent Photograph of St Mary Magdalene's Church (Croome d'Abitot)

St Mary Magdalene is a relatively new church, designed in the 1750s as part of a grand plan by Capability Brown to replace the Jacobean Manor House at Croome on behalf of the 6th Earl of Coventry. The original medieval church - typically for its time - was adjacent to the Manor House, and was demolished, but rather than rebuild on the same spot, Brown chose to place the new church at a distance, on a a low hill, to act as a focal point in the newly-landscaped Croome Park.

The church is now closed for worship, and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, whilst Capability's Croome Court, and its Park now belong to the National Trust.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Image contributed by Mel Lockie on 11th June 2010.
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