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Mortuary Chapel at St Mary's Abbey

A Grade II Listed Building in Little Haywood, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7904 / 52°47'25"N

Longitude: -1.989 / 1°59'20"W

OS Eastings: 400839

OS Northings: 321430

OS Grid: SK008214

Mapcode National: GBR 28M.1YW

Mapcode Global: WHBF2.F433

Plus Code: 9C4WQ2R6+5C

Entry Name: Mortuary Chapel at St Mary's Abbey

Listing Date: 12 February 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431895

Location: Colwich, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford

Civil Parish: Colwich

Built-Up Area: Little Haywood

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Colwich St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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A mortuary chapel thought to date from the mid-C19.


A mortuary chapel believed to date from the mid-C19.

MATERIALS AND PLAN: the chapel is roughly square on plan and it's entrance faces west. It is built of stone and brick with a slate roof.

EXTERIOR: the chapel is a small, gabled building which faces west over the burial ground. Its principal elevation has a central timber door in a pointed arch surround, with a moulded hoodmould and carved label stops. This is flanked by two-stage angle buttresses at the corners. Above the door is a window in the form of a Reuleaux triangle containing three trefoil openings, each with stained glass. There is an iron wall tie in the shape of a cross above this. The gable is capped with moulded coping stones with a carved cross at the apex.

In the brick side elevations there are single lancet openings in stone surrounds.

INTERIOR: not inspected (2015).


The Benedictine movement at St Mary's Abbey (Grade II) first took over the site in 1835, when the Very Rev. Mother Mary Clare Knight bought the house then known as Mount Pavilion following the death of its previous owner, Robert Shirley, Viscount Tamworth. The house became known as St Benedict's Priory. It was raised to the rank of an abbey in 1928, when it took on its present name.

This mortuary chapel was built to serve the small burial ground associated with the Abbey, and is thought to date from the mid-C19.

Reasons for Listing

The Mortuary Chapel at St Mary's Abbey is listed Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: the chapel is an elegant design in the Gothic style;
* Historic interest: for its association with St Mary's Abbey;
* Group value: the chapel has good group value with St Mary's Abbey (Grade II).

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