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Castle Ashby, St Mary Magdalene

Stunning medieval church in Castle Ashby

The Church which lies adjacent to the House but which it antedates by some 400 years. It must have been used by the Bishops of Coventry whose seat this was before the advent of the Comptons in the 16th century. The church has become the family’s funerary chapel after they ceased to be buried at Compton Wynyates in Warwickshire in the early 19th century. The earliest architectural remains is the reset Norman door but inside it is basically late medieval, restored/improved by Lord Alwyne Compton who employed Street but who effectively controlled the work. There are two notable early 17th century features that withstood his taste. The sumptuous pulpit and the screen that was moved to the South Chapel. Anybody wishing to see what the Church looked like before the 19th century restoration only has to look ...

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Contact & Opening Times

Castle Ashby Grounds
Castle Ashby

Opening Times

The church is open daily from 9am until 4pm.


The church lies close to a Country House, in which its gardens offer a tea room that is open to the public. For opening times, please look at the Historic Houses section of our website under Castle Ashby.


Contact Details 

Telephone: 01604 891885

Email: [email protected]

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