St Mary's Church, Patshull

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St Mary's Church, Patshull
A Georgian church seen from the south.  On the left is the tower with a cupola, the nave has a circular window, two round-headed windows and a porch supported by columns, and the chancel has a single round-headed window
St Mary's Church, Patshull, from the south
St Mary's Church, Patshull is located in Staffordshire
St Mary's Church, Patshull
St Mary's Church, Patshull
Location in Staffordshire
Coordinates: 52°36′12″N 2°17′45″W / 52.6034°N 2.2958°W / 52.6034; -2.2958
OS grid reference SJ 800 006
Location Near Pattingham, Staffordshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 27 June 1963
Architect(s) James Gibbs, W. C. Banks
Architectural type Church
Style Georgian
Completed 1874
Materials Sandstone, lead roofs

St Mary's Church, Patshull, is a redundant Anglican church near the village of Pattingham, Staffordshire, England, and is situated near Patshull Hall. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] The church stands in parkland beside a lake.[2][3]


St Mary's was built in about 1743, and was designed by James Gibbs for Sir John Astley.[1] It replaced an earlier medieval church on the site.[3] Additions were made to it in 1874 by W. C. Banks. These included a north aisle, a bell tower, and a dome.[1][2]



The church is constructed in sandstone, with lead roofs. Its plan consists of a three-bay nave with a north aisle, a single-bay chancel with a north vestry, and a west tower. At the corners of the church and the tower are rusticated quoins. The tower is in three stages, the lower and middle stages being separated by a string course, and between the middle and top stages is a cornice. It contains round-headed and circular windows, and in the top stage are round-headed louvred bell openings flanked by Tuscan pilasters. It is surmounted by a lead cupola. At the east end of the church is a Venetian window, above which is a pedimented gable. Along the sides of the church are round-headed windows and, in the nave between these, are circular windows. In the middle of the south side is a porch supported by Tuscan pillars.[1]


Between the nave and the north aisle is an arcade of round arches supported on square piers. The font consists of a marble baluster. Between the nave and chancel is a gilded wrought iron screen added by Banks. In the church are memorials to members of the Astley family. These include one to an earlier Sir John Astley who died in 1532. It is in alabaster and consists of two recumbent figures on a chest tomb. Another is to Sir Richard Astley who died in 1687. This consists of a standing figure between two seated wives, and is joined to the other monument by a frieze. Another monument is to a Lord Pigot who died in 1795 and to Sir Robert Pigot, 2nd Baronet who died the following year. Against the south wall of the nave is a medieval coffin lid.[1]

External features[edit]

Around the church are three structures, each of which has been listed at Grade II. These consist of the walls, gates and gate piers to the northeast and south of the churchyard,[4] a gate, gate piers and adjoining walls to the east of the churchyard,[5] and gate piers and gates to the northeast of the chancel.[6] The churchyard contains the war graves of two soldiers of World War I.[7]

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