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36. Lancaster (2) The Parish Church of St Mary

Lancashire, England

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The Priory Church of St Mary, Lancaster, is situated next to the Castle above the town itself. It is likely that a place of Christian worship existed here well before the Normans arrived in the late 11th century. The doorway at the west end appears to be of Saxon origin and St Mary's Church contains some sculptured stones from that period of English history. The church is first mentioned in 1094. St Mary's Church suffered at the hands of raiding Scots several times in the 14th century, though fortunately much of the church architecture from that time survives!

The south aisle wall of St Mary's Church, Lancaster.

 

The tower (built in 1759) and south porch entrance.

 

Looking east down the nave into the choir and beyond the altar and east window.

 

Looking down the nave into the choir from the west gallery of St Marys'

 

 

 

The pointed arches of the nave and aisle of St Mary.

 

Looking west through the choir, down the nave to the organ and west gallery. The choir stalls of st Mary's Church are beautifully carved and date from the 14th century.

 

 

 

An Anglo-Saxon carving and three images of the white stone statue of the Virgin and Child by Sean Williamson, commissioned in 1994 to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the Priory.

 

Some of the Victorian stained glass windows of St Mary's Church, Lancaster.

 

On the right an attractive, rather more 'modern', stained glass window in St Marys'

 

Details of above right-hand stained glass window.

 

See also Lancaster (1) The Town, Museum and Castle

 

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