Fairford Parish Church

Fairford Parish Church

Fairford Church is an exceptionally harmonious and well-preserved Cotswolds church. Funded by a wool merchant and consecrated in 1497, it boasts the most complete set of medieval glass remaining in Britain.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249264
Names
Church of St Mary
Church of St Mary in Fairford
Fairford Church
Fairford Parish Church
Affiliations
Styles

Timeline

26 Nov 1958

Church of St Mary designated a Grade I listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Fairford Parish Church is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1089998
Grade
I
Name
CHURCH OF ST MARY
Location
CHURCH OF ST MARY, HIGH STREET
Parish
Fairford
District
Cotswold
County
Gloucestershire
Grid Reference
SP 15154 01169

SP 1401-1501 FAIRFORD HIGH STREET

(west side)

13/141 Church of St. Mary

26.ll.58

GV I

Anglican parish church. Base of tower early C15, remainder completely rebuilt by John Tame and his son Edmund, from c1480 into early C16. Restored 1852 and 1890. An intact example of the Perpendicular style. Ashlar on moulded plinth with embattled parapet over string course and crocketed pinnacles between and in centre of bays, roofs not visible, presumably lead. Nave with clerestorey, chancel, with central tower and aisles running almost up to east end on both sides, single storey vestry on north side at east end, large south porch. Tower of 2 stages above clerestorey with string courses, corner buttresses with large carved figure to each, rising to twin pinnacles, and with pierced quatrefoil parapet. Belfry stage has 2 long trefoil head openings, blind at top and with belfry louvres below, with 2 niches between, one above the other. Lower stage has clock face to south and small trefoil head window to each face, with blind quatrefoil over except for south side. Aisles of 7 bays with 4-light windows with stepped buttresses between bays and carved heads on string course above each window and on hoodmould stops. Clerestorey has four 3-light windows with continuous dripmould. On south side, porch in bay 3 from west with large pointed archway and square hoodmould with carved spandrels and niche wth Virgin and Child over, panelled internal walls, fan vaulted ceiling and original studded oak door with postern set into it...

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Bibliography

  1. Official Website of the Church of St Mary. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.stmaryschurchfairford.org.uk/>
  2. “CHURCH OF ST MARY.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1089998>