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Malvern Priory (Malvern)

The Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Michael is centrally placed in the attractive spa town of Malvern, or more properly Great Malvern.

It was founded by the Benedictines as a priory in the 1080s, and at the Dissolution of the Monasteries was bought by the townspeople from the Crown for 20, to be the parish church.

The nave has ten Norman pillars, with a 15th centuary celerestory above. The impressive central tower also dates from the 15th century.

There is a fine collection of mediaeval encaustic tiles, the most varied collection in any English church.

The priory also boasts the most complete collection of 15h century glass in England, showing Biblical scenes.

In the choir are 22 misericords.

St. Anne`s Chapel has two statues of St. Anne and St. Ursula teaching the Blessed Virgin Mary to read. These were carved in 1976 by Robin Pancheri of Bromsgrove.

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