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St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth
Castle Hill, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth
associated engineer
Thomas Telford
date  1792 - 1795
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Church/Synagogue  |  reference  SO715928
ICE reference number  HEW 1134
photo  Jane Joyce
Telford spent his early years as a master mason, working on, for example, Somerset House and Portsmouth Dockyard. He designed several churches and St Mary Magdalene is one of the best.
Unusually, the church is aligned north-south. It sits on Bridgnorth's high ground near the ruins of the keep blown up after the Civil War.
The tower is 120ft high. It accommodates and clock and eight bells. Full-height arched windows in plain glass run down the side elevations.
Inside, the church is simple in design. Two rows of Ionic columns divide the almost-square nave. There is a gallery made of timber at the north end.
Contractors: John Rhodes, Michael Head
reference sources   CEH W&W

St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth