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Latitude: 52.7969 / 52°47'48"N
Longitude: -2.141 / 2°8'27"W
OS Eastings: 390589
OS Northings: 322156
OS Grid: SJ905221
Mapcode National: GBR 16W.RHQ
Mapcode Global: WHBDT.2YRQ
Entry Name: Church of St Mary
Listing Date: 16 January 1951
Last Amended: 16 February 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1195376
English Heritage Legacy ID: 383939
Location: Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16
Electoral Ward/Division: Rowley
Built-Up Area: Stafford
Traditional County: Staffordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire
Church of England Parish: Castle Church St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Lichfield
SJ92SW CASTLE BANK, Castle Church
590-1/2/118 (North side)
16/01/51 Church of St Mary
(Formerly Listed as:
Church of St Mary, Castle Church)
Church. C15 tower; nave and chancel 1844-5, by Scott and
Moffatt; north aisle 1898 using 1844 windows, by JO Scott.
Norman style, with Early English-style chancel and
MATERIALS: ashlar with tile roofs.
EXTERIOR: 2-bay chancel and gabled north vestry, 4-bay nave
and north aisle, west tower and gabled south porch. Coped
gables with crosses.
Chancel has east triplet of lancets with head stops to hood,
south single-chamfered lancets flanking pointed entrance with
offset buttress to left; vestry has 2-light east window with
Decorated tracery and entrance, north side has 2 lights and
basement entrance. Nave has shallow buttresses and clasping
buttresses, and Lombard frieze to cornice, round-headed
windows have nook shafts, zig-zag moulding to arches, and
hoods. Porch has clasping buttresses and coped gable with
cross, entrance of single order with rich moulding, door with
strap hinges; boot scraper; aisle has similar details, pair of
lancets to west and C19 rainwater head.
Tower has 2 diagonal buttresses, plinth, south 2-light
straight-headed window with sundial to right: incised inverted
semi-circle with gnomon and inscription: J 1624 L; 2-light
west window has hood stops with arms of Humphrey Stafford,
Duke of Buckingham and Ann Neville (married 1423); 2-light
triangular-headed bell openings on sill course are louvred,
hoods with stops; top cornice with gargoyles and embattled
INTERIOR: chancel has ashlared roof trusses; south sedilia in
window recess with cusped splay arches and arm rest; north
pointed vestry entrance, encaustic tiles, and wall tiles;
chancel arch has foliate capitals and zig-zag; nave has
deep-arch-braced roof, 4-bay arcades with moulded arches on
round piers with plinths; tall C15 tower arch with brattished
capitals; corbelled arch between aisle and vestry.
FITTINGS: chancel has plain stalls and arcaded altar rail;
ashlar south pulpit has 2 quatrefoils, dog-tooth moulding and
angel corbel to book rest, timber lectern with swivel head;
square font has pier and 4 small shafts, and early Christian
style carving; 1929 timber screen to vestry arch has tracery
and brattishing; ?C11 or C12 slab built into aisle west wall
has foliate carving in triangular panels, possibly from altar
MEMORIALS: some early C19 wall memorials from previous church,
alabaster war memorial tablet in north aisle, 1628 and 1702
poor grant tablets.
STAINED GLASS: C19 glass to windows, good east window with
groups of figures in vesicas.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Nairn J: Staffordshire:
London: 1974-: 249; Horne JS: The Story of Castle Church,
Stafford: Stafford: 1961-).
Listing NGR: SJ9058922156
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