St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury

St Mary's Church
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. In 1739, showman Robert Cadman attempted to slide from it, head first, using a rope and a grooved breastplate. His engraved obituary stands outside the west door. The church is now the only complete Medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the world-famous 14th-century 'Jesse window' filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. The Café at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, run by the Battlefield 1403 farm shop and deli, is now open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK1,909 contributions
Stunning Stained Glass
Oct 2021
Sadly we only visited St Mary's Church briefly as part of a Town Walk to see the amazing stained glass windows.
The highlight was the truly magnificent ancient Jesse window dominating the east end of the church, having been salvaged from a church in Europe and excellently shoe-horned (just) into place here.
Next time we are in Shrewsbury, a longer visit to St Mary's will be a top priority.
Written October 27, 2021
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Christine C
Shrewsbury, UK7 contributions
Beautiful medieval church in Shrewsbury
Sep 2021
Magnificent Jesse window in this church!The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. The church is the only complete medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the twelfth-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the world-famous fourteenth-century 'Jesse window'; filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it.
Written October 15, 2021
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Boucher63
Pontypool, UK49 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful ancient church. Luckily a volunteer showed us around and his knowledge was fantastic.
Written October 13, 2021
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ShaunH290
London, UK1,565 contributions
Historical Monument worth preserving
Jul 2021
As the only surviving medieval church building in Shrewsbury, St Mary's delivers a lot of history and architecture. It is apparently famous for its stained glass, but look out for the memorials too. The Norman arches show its age, which goes back to Saxon times. John Benbow, a famous officer in the Royal Navy, was born in the town but, though he died in Jamaica, has a lovely wall memorial with bust and fighting ship carved in marble.

Well worth a quick visit when walking around the historic town.
Written October 9, 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,749 contributions
A guided live-streamed tour
Sep 2021
I did a guided live-streamed tour of the Old Town with Ian from Heygo. Our walk started at The Parade Shopping Centre which used to house the Royal Salop Infirmary. Ian explained that Shrewsbury is a large market town and the county town of Shropshire, England. The town is situated on the River Severn, 240 km north-west of London. Shrewsbury is only 14 km east of the Welsh border.
The town centre has a largely unspoilt medieval street plan which includes many black and white timbered buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The town is the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Darwin spent his childhood exploring the area around the River Severn and studying creatures in the Quarry Park.
We soon reached St Mary's Church. The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. The church is now the only complete medieval church in Shrewsbury.
Ian managed to show us the grand stained glass window inside the church and he explained quite a lot about the architecture of the church. Then we saw a lovely black and white timbered house along St Mary's Place. We turned into Church St and saw the popular pub, The Loggerheads. The Loggerheads is a wonderfully unspoiled, historic pub with an 18th century brick shell which is believed to encase an earlier stone structure from the 1600s. The Loggerheads refers to the three leopard heads found upon Shrewsbury's coat of arms.
At St Alkmund's Church, he showed us the iron windows and explained its significance.
We also saw the historic Prince Rupert Hotel and The Abbot's House on Butcher Row.
Grope Lane is a charming narrow alley. At the picturesque High Street, there are more black and white timbered buildings to admire. At the eastern end of the High Street stood Ireland's Mansion which was built in 1596 for wealthy wool trader Robert Ireland. The Halifax Bank's building is also outstanding.
Our tour ended at Old Market Hall.
Written September 28, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,499 contributions
Lovely Church
Sep 2021 • Solo
St Mary's church is in the centre of Shrewsbury and the city has grown up around it.

There are some beautiful stained glass windows to admire so well worth checking out on your visit to the city.
Written September 26, 2021
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Matthew P
London, UK3,695 contributions
Old church
Sep 2021
Old churches are living history, this one especially. Lots of history to see as you walk around, you can even get a hot or cold drink as you walk around. The oldest church in Shrewsbury.
Written September 11, 2021
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Rachel P
2 contributions
Amazing stained glass
Jun 2021 • Couples
Amazing stained glass windows and embroidered hangings. Friendly staff and volunteers. In the heart of the town
Written August 10, 2021
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mark w
4 contributions
Outstanding church that needs your help
Jun 2021
How wonderful to see a church open in these times. Most of Shrewsbury's other churches remain closed for too much of the week. The stained glass is only one of the merits of this place, the peaceful ambience another. Sadly the glass has suffered from vandalism, so please make a donation. My only complaint was a display asking what visitors would like to know more about . Suggestions included Shropshire's Links with Slavery. Maybe (and this will probably lead to my cancellation) the owners of the church should focus on its preservation rather than self-flagellating, virtue signalling wokery.
Written June 26, 2021
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freddiedoncaster
doncaster2,205 contributions
ANOTHER STUNNING BUILDING!
Oct 2019
Shrewsbury are spoilt with such nice churches!
St Mary’s is yet another one that ouses grandeur.
The approach is very impressive, and once inside the architecture is mind blowing!
Certainly worth looking round.
Written May 3, 2020
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