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St Mary Magdalene

Discover this glorious early Gothic Revival chapel, sat alongside the National Trust house and landscape of Croome Park, laid out by Capability Brown.

Croome D Abitot, Worcestershire

Opening times

Open whenever Croome Park is open, see National Trust website.


Croome Park Estate
Croome D Abitot

A masterpiece of architectural fantasy. The original church at Croome was demolished by the 6th Earl of Coventry when he decided to replace his adjacent Jacobean house in the 1750s. His new house and park were designed and laid out by Capability Brown but the interiors of both house and church are attributed to Robert Adam and were completed in 1763.

Built by some of the finest craftsmen in England, every detail has been considered, from pretty plaster mouldings to handsome carved pews, the church is a perfect fantasy of the period, with elegant Gothick windows and plasterwork, pulpit, communion rails, commandments and creed boards.

Opulent monuments brought from the old church, long since demolished, show the former Barons and Earls of Coventry in their full glory. The earliest, in black and white marble, shows the 1st Lord, who died in 1639, reclining under a canopy. The monument to the 1st Earl, who died in 1699, is missing because the 2nd Earl disapproved of his father's second marriage, at an advanced age, to a servant, Elizabeth Graham. His monument is now in the nearby church of St Mary's at Elmley Castle instead.

This church is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust

  • Captivating architecture

  • Famous connections

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Car park at church

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Churches Conservation Trust

Contact information

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