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Church of St Mary, Luton


Church Street
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1 3JF
United Kingdom
OS Grid: TL0953221204 streetmap

The church building you see today is the largest in Bedfordshire and one of the finer medieval churches in England. It dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries. The earlier church was built about 931, founded by King Athelstan as an act of thanksgiving for victory over the Danes. The land here was owned by the king in Saxon and early Norman times and the church was very richly endowed. The present building was founded on a new site about 1121 by Robert, Earl of Gloucester and consecrated in 1137. The Normans built it cruciform, without aisles but having a central tower. The population increased, so a south aisle was added c1190 and a north aisle c1230, their arches from the transepts being the earliest dateable features in situ.
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English Heritage Listed Building entry
Image 12357 2012-03-22
St Mary's, Luton
[Church of St Mary][Church of St Mary]Image 5027 2006-11-29
St Mary, Luton
Image 5026 2006-11-29
St Mary, Luton
[Church of St Mary][Church of St Mary]Image 5025 2006-11-29
St Mary, Luton
Image 5024 2006-11-29
St Mary, Luton
[Church of St Mary][Church of St Mary]Image 5023 2006-11-29
St Mary, Luton

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