Worcestershire Places of Worship

Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael), Great Malvern (1) (35k) Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael), Great Malvern (2) (39k) Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael), Great Malvern (3) (47k) Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael), Great Malvern (4) (38k) Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael), Great Malvern (5) (38k) Above Photograph(s)
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Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael), Great Malvern
Priory Church (St Mary & St Michael),
Abbey Road / Grange Road, WR14 2AY,
Great Malvern, Worcestershire.


We don't know whether this Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1085, and we understand it is still open.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] The Priory is probably the main tourist sight of the town, apart from the hills above. To the west next to the Abbey Hotel is the old Priory Gatehouse with a fine panelled front to the town. Externally the church seems nearly all Perpendicular in style, and owes much to the designs at Gloucester, of which the tower is a sort of dumpier version. The south transept has disappeared (arch filled by huge organ inside), and like the surviving north transept was much lower than the nave and aisles and may mark the height of the building before rebuilding. The Lady Chapel too has gone, just the door to the passage survives under the great east window (again as at Gloucester). Here too underneath are two Norman exposed shafts and a rib of the former Norman crypt.[1]

[Image 2] Inside the six-bayed Norman arcades survive, lower arches and squatter than those at Tewkesbury and Gloucester. Grand eight-light east window and formerly a nine light west window, alas now with some of the tracery blocked to make a smaller six light opening. Like Little Malvern much medieval glass survives especially in the east arm.

Flanking the high altar are two contrasting tombs, on the north a Knight's Tomb and on the south a Tomb of John Knottesford.

The Choir Stalls have a a full set of misericords.[1]

[Image 3] Flanking the high altar are two contrasting tombs, on the north a Knight's Tomb and on the south this tomb chest of John Knottesford d.1589 and wife, with their daughter kneeling facing the altar also lifesize.

Another photo shows a view of the tomb from the opposite side in the South Choir Aisle[1]

[Image 4] One of two tombs flanking the high altar, this view of the Tomb of John Knottesford is from the south aisle.

Pevsner could not have gone round the back here as he does not mention this substructure - the two depressed arched openings, flattened panelled vaulting and collection of architectural fragments and old ledger stones placed here.[1]

[Image 5] Flanking the high altar are two contrasting tombs; on the north this much flattened effigy of a knight c.1240, and on the south the Tomb of John Knottesford.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO7759945839. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Great Malvern, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 13 Nov 2011 at 09:02.

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