St Mary's Church, Ware

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St Mary's Church is a grade I listed parish church in Ware, Hertfordshire, England.[1]

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History[edit]

There has been a church on the site since the Norman Conquest. The Domesday Book mentions the presence of a priest at Ware,[2] and the existence of a church is confirmed by a reference in another document from the reign of William I, a charter given to Hugh de Grandmesnil.[3]

Interior

The chancel, the oldest part of the present building, dates from the thirteenth century, when the church served the town and the monks of the Benedictine priory.

The church was restored in the nineteenth century by George Godwin.

Architecture[edit]

The building is faced in flint.

The tower is surmounted by a short spire of the type known as a "Hertfordshire spike" (see note1).[1]

People connected with the church[edit]

Notes[edit]

1.^ Flèche or short spire rising from a church-tower, its base concealed by a parapet, common in Herts., England. Pevsner, N., Cherry. "BoE, Hertfordshire". (1977)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Church of St Mary". Historic England. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Place name: Ware, Hertfordshire
  3. ^ The charter gave permission to found an "alien priory" in Ware, a dependency of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Evroul in Normandy.[1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°48′43″N 0°01′59″W / 51.81207°N 0.03317°W / 51.81207; -0.03317