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St Marys Church, Studley Royal
Pateley Bridge, South Dales

Details for St Marys Church, Studley Royal

St Marys Church dates back to Victorian times and is a fine example of the work of William Burges. The characteristically flamboyant design and colourful architecture are magnificent to see and visitors marvel at the colours and richness within the church.

For those of you who are in the know about Architects, you may already know that this Anglican Church was designed in the 1870's by William Burgess who stated this church was his "ecclesiastical masterpiece" but have you been for a visit?

If not, well what are you waiting for, this church is just full of beautiful things like the stained glass and the coloured marble used to furnish its interiors. The exterior of this property is to be enjoyed also, made from grey limestone and sandstone from local quarries and sculptures abound the outside of the church.

Inside, it is just a beauty to behold, try not to strain your neck by looking up at the art work on the ceilings, its something else and unlike a lot of churches, it is light and bright and the story of the church is told in the stain glass starting at the West Window and is continued on the aisle windows and on the floor. The story of the bible is all around you so keep your eyes on stilts as there is so much to take in.

A separate chapel is dedicated to St George and is the final resting place for Lord and Lady Ripon.

The Studley Royal has a tearoom which also provides WC facilities which is at the Studley Royal Visitor Centre close by.  The site itself is managed by the English Heritage who rely on support from the public to please spare a coin or two to help keep this wonderful church open for all to see for many a year.


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