Monday, January 5, 2015

St Mary and All Saints Anglican Church, Kidderminster

St. Mary and All Saints is the Parish Church of Kidderminster and has been a centre of Christian Worship since the 15th and 16th centuries. The name Kidderminster tells us that there was an Anglo-Saxon minster here but the exact site is uncertain, however the names of the leading clergy are known from the 12th century onwards and are listed at the west end of the church. The present dark sandstone building dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, but significant restoration was carried out during the 19th century.

The outside of the building has fine architectural features, with a tower dating from the 15th century which now contains a chamber with a peal of twelve bells. The interior has many artefacts including an alabaster reredos, depicting The Last Supper; beautiful stained glass windows, as well as tombs, stone effigies and an engraved brass memorial. Attached to the building is a Parish Office used by the Team and Chantry used by both the church and the community.

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