St Mary's Church, Langley Church

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A masterpiece of mid Victorian design by one of the great architects, William Butterfield. It was built for the younger brother of one of the Tractarian leaders, Edward Pusey and replaced a medieval church of identical size and similar shape. Originally Butterfield filled his church with glass by Hardman, but only the west window and some tracery lights survived the war. Two other windows are by Powell and date from the early 20th century. By the same firm are the stencilled decoration to the chancel roof and the gilding of the altar rails. Butterfield`s benches and pulpit survive showing the muscularity of his work (see also Milstead). His alabaster enclosed east end and jazzy floor tiles complete the ensemble. Not normally visible is a thirteenth century piscina and three eighteenth century tablets saved from the old church and now built into the vestry. In the churchyard the Pusey graves are Celtic crosses with lovely inset marble bullís eyes. Well worth seeking out.



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1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: Not built

Morning Attendance: Not built

Afternoon Attendance: Not built

Evening Attendance: Not built


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: William Butterfield 1853

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -


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