Preston on Stour, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Excellent early example of Gothic Revival style
At the same time a west gallery was added, where today you can see a Stuart (1603-88) royal coat of arms. In the gallery hang four hatchments for the West family, spanning the years 1799-1882.
One other point of note about the chancel is the arch itself, which is decorated on its underside with colourful painted patterns, and there are small memorial plaques running up the curve of the arch. This is, to the best of my recollection, the only time I've seen a chancel arch used for memorials. At the base of the arch are painted iron gates, which add a colourful touch to what is a very intriguing chancel.
At the west end of the nave, almost in the shadow of the west gallery is a delicate 18th century font on a slender pedestal.
St Mary's is a remarkable church; though the Gothic Revival style would soon become ubiquitous throughout England - particularly in the early-mid 19th century - in 1753 it was an almost new concept, and here at Preston-on-Stour you see the Gothic ideals beginning to flower. A very enjoyable church in an extremely pretty village.
About Preston on Stour
Address: Preston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England, CV37 8NQ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just above the triangular village green. Parking along the green. The church was open when we visited.
Website: Preston on Stour
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Stratford upon Avon, Holy Trinity Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Hall's Croft - 2.9 miles (Historic Building)
Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall - 3 miles (Historic Building)
Nash's House - 3.1 miles (Historic Building)
New Place - 3.1 miles (Historic Building)
Tudor World - 3.1 miles (Museum)
Shakespeare's Birthplace - 3.3 miles (Historic Building)
Anne Hathaway's Cottage - 3.3 miles (Historic Building)
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