What the Victorians did for us

So the architect S.S. Teulon transformed the simple village church into a huge ‘Byzantine shrine’. He did this, not by demolishing the existing church, but by greatly enlarging it, and decorating it with vibrant colours. Parish records reveal how even in those days the congregation had to struggle to find the money. Some of his ideas, including the proposed for a tall spire, had to be dropped.

On 30th May 1866 the new building was consecrated by Bishop Tait, who commented that ‘St Mary’s had been transformed from a Georgian monstrosity into a Constantinopolitan basilica’! You may think otherwise!