Worcestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary, Old Swinford
St Mary,
Old Swinford, Worcestershire.


This Church has/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 before 1199, but we don't know whether or not it is still open.

The sandstone church has a 14th century west tower, but is mostly Victorian - the nave of 1843 is by Griffiths and chancel, vestry and south chancel of 1898 are by Chatwin. There was also a spire, but this was removed in 1982.

The earliest known Rector was John in 1199, but other famous Rectors include Simon Ford 1676-1699, who had been chaplain to the King and the Lord Mayor of London. Thomas Philip Foley, Rector 1797-1835 was a supporter of the prophetess Joanna Southcott (who lived briefly in the rectory, and her sealed box of predictions was kept there).

The church history is described in The Story of St Mary's Church and the parish of Oldswinford, by N Perry, 1989. 950643971. [Source: Dave Huddart, (c) 4th September 2004]


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/was located in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SO900830. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 3 Feb 2011 at 00:00.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 02:32:36 GMT from information held in the Worcestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 7 Feb 2019 at 12:48.

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