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I've also visited St Mary's Churches in Warwickshire. Click on a picture to read a bit more about the church (and maybe see more pictures of me!).

Bearley (111)


Cubbington (123)


Haseley (141)


Ilmington (55)


Kinwarton (145)


Langley (142)


Lapworth  (146)


Leamington Spa (124)


Oldberrow (143)


Preston on Stour (54)


Priors Hardwick (118)


Stoneleigh (131)


Temple Balsall (147)


Ullenhall (144)


Go back to my St Mary's Churches page


111. Bearley

Well, I was passing this village on my way home from my holiday in Devon and Cornwall. It's another bear-related name, so I just had to drop in and visit this lovely St Mary's.

I think it's time to go back home to MY St Mary's and have a good snooze in the Children's Corner.

123. Cubbington

Another bear-related village! (Cubbington - geddit?). This is a big church and has a really big notice board as well. I squeezed myself rather gingerly onto the font so's I didn't knock the harvest flowers off.

Go to their website.

141. Haseley

This is a little church in the middle of nowhere but near a big manor house that was having a lot of work done. [It's being converted to 13 apartments, Big Ted]. The notice board was a bit green and grungy so I was careful not to get too near it with my nice cardigan (not to mention my splendid fur).

The church was locked but Uncle Les took a very artistic photo of me in the porch window.

55. Ilmington

Look, this church has a huge notice board. Inside it also has 11 mouses and an apple map.  I found the apple map (it was a tapestry) but I could only find 7 mouses.

The mouses are in the church 'cos the man who made the pews and things was called "The Mouseman" and put mouses everywhere. [Robert Thompson of Kilburn, North Yorkshire, created much of the woodwork in the church in the 1930s. His signature was a carved mouse, Big Ted].

I had my photo taken in the porch - it's really funny and looks like I'm in prison!

124. Leamington Spa

This church didn't have a proper notice board for me to sit on, behind or under. But it did have these very jolly posters instead.

Go to their website.

145. Kinwarton

Another little St Mary’s in the middle of nowhere, and another one that is open. This church has a wooden tower and porch which make it look really old.

142. Langley

This St Mary’s a very small church near a place called BEARley (which you may remember I visited last year - St Mary's number 111). Sadly, I couldn’t go inside.

146. Lapworth

This is a really big St Mary’s. The bell tower is off to one side instead of at the west end like at my St Mary’s, and it has a wooden porch.

It is lovely inside with a special stained glass window with a picture of a narrowboat, and a statue designed by a chap called Eric Gill. Apparently he liked fonts as well [snigger].

143. Oldberrow

This church has a sign that says that it is open every day, all day; and it is! So I went inside.

It is a lovely little church and has a very nice font although the cover was a bit wobbly and I nearly fell off. We couldn’t find the light switch so this photo of me on the font is a bit murky.

Outside, the churchyard is rather special; it's a Local Wildlife Site with many wild flowers that are allowed to do their own thing. I didn't see any 'cos it was a bit cold and wintry when I visited.

54. Preston on Stour

The notice board was a bit boring so I went inside and found that the church was decorated for harvest. I couldn't sit on top of the font so I sat at the bottom amidst the wheat (which was a bit prickly).

There are some lovely old windows here and a Memorial Crucifix by Peter Eugene Ball (who's made things for Southwell Minster as well).

118. Priors Hardwick

I went inside this lovely church where they were doing the flowers for their harvest festival. I said hello to a nice lady who had a new knee and couldn't walk very well.

I couldn't sit on the font to have my photo taken as there was a flower arrangement on it; I sat at the bottom instead. I was a little bit worried that the pink flowers would detract from my splendid fur (but I think I got away with it)!

131. Stoneleigh

This is a lovely church that has been recently renovated. Some nice ladies said hello and I told them about my visits to St Mary's churches. There was a room with displays about the history of the church and the village. It was all very interesting.

They also had lots of things to read on their font.

Go to their website.

147. Temple Balsall

This is a very big church as well and sort of built on a hill. You come in at the bottom and there are pews and steps up to the altar at the top. It’s associated with the Knights Templar who used to have a house nearby.

Go to their website.

144. Ullenhall

A pointy metal fence to sit on here – and the church was shut. This was a pity as it looks really big from the outside and I wanted to check if it was big on the inside too.


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