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Parish Church Of St Mary

Address : Church Street, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0953121201

Site Status : Grade I listed

Statutory List Description : Large predominantly C14 and C15 parish church with some earlier survivals, much restored by Street 1865-85. Flint and stone, some clunch, chequerwork. Plan consists of west tower, 5 bay nave with north and south aisles and north and south porches attached, crossing, transepts and chancel flanked by Wenlock Chapel to north and Hoo chapel to south. Vestry between chancel and Wenlock Chapel. Most elements of church have embattled parapets. Three stage tower with octagonal angle turrets at top; moulded cornice with gargoyles at corners; cinquefoil lights in belfry windows under 2-centred arch; staged pairs of buttresses at corners with canopied statue niches; restored C14 west doorway and window; tall eastern arch to nave. Western bay of nave has C14 octagonal baptistery with font of similar date. Aisle windows mostly C15 3 light under segmental arches; clerestory windows 5 each side, of 2 cinquefoiled lights under square heads. Both porches 2 storey, the southern buttressed and with a semi-circular stair turret in the corner with the aisle. C15 Wenlock Chapel contains several monuments, brasses and recessed tombs, to members of Wenlock and Rotheram family. Vestry has C14 ribbed stone vault. Late C15 Barnard chantry lies on the south side of the chancel. Many other memorials and details of note.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

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Saint Marys Luton Church Architecture - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

Saint Marys Luton Additions and Alterations - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

List of Luton Vicars - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

Thieves at Saint Marys - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

St. Mary’s Chuch - the official St. Mary’s Church website.

St. Mary’s Church, Luton - Wikipedia web page about St. Mary’s Church.

Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture - you might find this helpful if you are not familiar with all the architectural terms used to describe this site. There are links to other glossaries on our Links page.

Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to the Parish Church Of St Mary and are all within about 200 metres :

John Street
Melson Arms Public House [Draft Local List]
55 John Street [Draft Local List]
Park Street
16 Park Street [Grade II listed]
18 & 20 Park Street [Draft Local List]
22 & 24 Park Street - The Brewery Tap Public House & The Pioneer Bookshop [Grade II listed]
28-36 Park Street [Draft Local List]
38 Park Street - The Cock Public House [Grade II listed]
Park Street West
11 & 13 Park Street West [Grade II listed]
15-19 Park Street West [Draft Local List]
21 & 23 Park Street West [Grade II listed]
25 Park Street West [Draft Local List]
27 & 29 Park Street West [Grade II listed]

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