St Mary's, Studley Royal

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Coordinates: 54°07′07″N 1°34′48″W / 54.1187°N 1.5801°W / 54.1187; -1.5801

St Mary's
Church of St Mary, Studley Royal
St Mary's, Studley Royal
St Mary's is located in North Yorkshire
St Mary's
St Mary's
54°07′07″N 1°34′48″W / 54.1187°N 1.5801°W / 54.1187; -1.5801
Location Studley Royal, North Yorkshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Founded 1871-8
Heritage designation Listed building - Grade I
Architect(s) William Burges
Architectural type Gothic Revival
Style Early English

The Church of St Mary, Studley Royal, is a Victorian Gothic Revival church built in the Early English style by William Burges.[1] It is located in the grounds of Studley Royal Park at Fountains Abbey, in North Yorkshire, England. Burges was commissioned by the First Marquess of Ripon to build the church as a memorial church to Frederick Grantham Vyner, his brother in law. It is one of two such churches, the other being the Church of Christ the Consoler at Skelton-on-Ure.

The Chancel

Frederick Vyner had been murdered by Greek bandits in 1870. A significant ransom had been demanded, and in part collected, before his death. His mother, Lady Mary Vyner, and his sister, Lady Ripon, used the unspent ransom to build the two churches in his memory. Burges' appointment as architect was most likely due to the connection between his greatest patron, John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, and Vyner, who had been friends at Oxford. St Mary's, was commissioned in 1870 and work began in 1871. The church was consecrated in 1878. As at Skelton, Burges' design demonstrates a move from his favoured Early-French, to an English style. Pevsner writes of "a Victorian shrine, a dream of Early English glory."[1] The interior is spectacular, exceeding Skelton in richness and majesty. The stained glass is of particularly high quality. St Mary's is Burges' "ecclesiastical masterpiece."[2]

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  1. ^ a b Pevsner 1967, p. 504
  2. ^ "Church of St Mary, Lindrick With Studley Royal And Fountains". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 


  • Mordaunt Crook, J (1981). William Burges and the High Victorian Dream. John Murray. 
  • Pevsner, N (1967). The Buildings of England - Yorkshire: The West Riding. Penguin Books.