St Mary's Church, Stafford
|St Mary’s Church, Stafford|
St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Stafford
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade I listed|
|Parish||Stafford St Mary|
|Diocese||Diocese of Lichfield|
|Rector||Revd Preb Richard Grigson|
|Assistant||Revd John Davies|
|Organist/Director of music||Margaret Outen|
The church dates from the early 13th century, with 14th century transepts and 15th century clerestories and crossing tower.
The church was collegiate when recorded in the Domesday Book when there were 13 Prebendary Canons. It became a Royal Peculiar around the thirteenth century, exempt from the jurisdiction of the Bishop, but this caused conflict and culminated in December 1258 when the new bishop Roger de Meyland came to Stafford with many armed men who forced entry and assaulted the canons, chaplains, and clerks.
The church survived as a collegiate institution until the dissolution of colleges and chantries in 1548.
Deans of Stafford
- William de C
- Ralph of the Hospital ca. 1184 - 1207
- Henry de Loundres 1207 - 1213
- Bartholomew ca. 1227
- Walter of Lench 1231 - 1246
- Simon of Offham 1247 - 1259
- Bevis de Clare 1259 - 1294
- John of Caen (de Cadamo) 1294 - 1310
- Lewis de Beaumont 1310 - 1317
- Thomas Charlton 1317 - 1318
- Robert of Sandall 1318 - 1325
- Robert Holden 1325 - 1326
- Robert Swynnerton 1326 - 1349
- Nicholas Swynnerton 1349 - ca. 1356
- James Beaufort 1356 - 1358
- John of Bishopston 1358 - ca. 1366
- Robert de More 1366 - 1376
- Adam de Hertyngdon 1376 - 1380
- William de Pakyngton 1380 - 1390
- Lawrence Allerthorpe 1390 - 1397
- John Syggeston 1397 - 1402
- Robert Tunstall 1402 - 1406
- John Mackworth 1406 - 1451
- William Wore ca. 1452 - 1463
- Thomas Hawkins 1463 - ca. 1471
- Name unknown until 1501
- John Thower until 1524
- Thomas Parker 1524 - 1538
- Edward Leighton 1538 - 1548
Post reformation history
The church was heavily restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1841 and 1844.
The church contains
- Chest tomb to Sir Edward Aston d. 1568
- Wall tablet to Thomas (d. 1787) and Barbara Clifford (d. 1786) by John Francis Moore
- Wall tablet to Humphrey Hodgetts (d. 1730)
- Wall tablet to Izaak Walton (d. 1683)
The church has large four manual organ by Harrison and Harrison dating from 1909. It has been awarded a Grade I Historic Organ Certificate by the British Institute of Organ Studies. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. 
The second organ dates from 1790 when John Geib installed it at a cost of £820. It was rebuilt in 1844 by John Banfield, and then Hill, Norman & Beard in 1974. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. 
- George Baker 1794 - 1810
- Edwin Shargool 1841 - 1875
- Inglis Bervon 1875 - 1880
- Ebenezer William Taylor 1880 - ????
- John Cooper Green
- The Buildings of England. Staffordshire. Nikolaus Pevsner. Penguin Group. ISBN 0140710469 p.240
- "'Colleges: Tamworth, St Edith', A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 3. pp. 309-315". 1970. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 3 M W Greenslade, R B Pugh (Editors). 1970
- "NPOR N04931". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "NPOR N12599". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
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