St Mary's, Bryanston Square

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St Mary's
St Mary's, Bryanston Square

St Mary's, Bryanston Square, is a Church of England church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Bryanston Square, London. It is also the name of a related Church of England primary school which was originally founded next to it.[1]


It was built as one of the Commissioners' churches in 1823–1824 and was designed by Robert Smirke to seal the vista from the lower end of Bryanston Square.[2] It is a brick building, with a stone portico and tower and listed grade I.[3] The church cost £19,955 (equivalent to £1,580,000 in 2015),[4] and the Church Building Commission gave a grant of £14,955 towards this.[5]

Charles John Gardiner, 1st Earl of Blessington, and Margaret Farmer married in the church on 16 February 1818. The church's rector (c.1823–1847) was Thomas Frognall Dibdin, and Samuel Augustus Barnett was introduced to his future wife Henrietta during his curacy there (1867–8).

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  1. ^ St Mary's Bryanston Square C of E School
  2. ^ Rhodri Liscombe, "Economy, Character and Durability: Specimen Designs for the Church Commissioners, 1818", Architectural History, Vol. 13. (1970), pp. 43–57+119–127
  3. ^ Images of England: Church of St Mary, Wyndham Place, Bryanston Square, Historic England, retrieved 9 May 2010 
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 328, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4 

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