The spire of St Mary’s is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury’s old town. In 1739, showman Robert Cadman attempted to slide from it, head first, using a rope and a grooved breastplate. His engraved obituary stands outside the west door. link
The church is now the only complete Medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church’s great treasure – its stained glass.
This picture is a detail from the “main treasure” which is the east window of the chancel that contains a depiction of the Jesse Tree (a depiction in art of the ancestors of Christ).
It is said the window was made for the Franciscan church in Shrewsbury, moved to St Chad’s Church after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and then to St Mary’s in 1792.
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