Great Warley – St Mary the Virgin

I visited this glorious Arts and Crafts/Art Nouveau church on a freezing cold 12th February 2017 with husband, in-laws, and dog. We were all made very welcome inside the church and offered tea and coffee, and also were given a guided tour by a charming lady who was understandably very proud of her church.

It was built in 1902 by Evelyn Heseltine in memory of his brother Arnold. The architect was Charles Harrison Townsend, but the furnishing and interior decoration was by Sir William Reynolds-Stephens. It is all beautifully designed and executed, with stained glass by Burne-Jones. It also has an 8-bell carillon.

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The lych gate
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Approaching the church from the road

The exterior:

The interior: