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St. Mary's Church
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52°36′15″N 1°54′45″W / 52.6043°N 1.9126°W / 52.6043; -1.9126
Location The Green, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Founder(s) Before 1257
Parish Aldridge

St. Mary's Church is the parish church of Aldridge, a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, England. It is operated by the Church of England.

St Marys Aldridge before 1800
The church before 1800

Records show that it was built before 1257. Other than the 14th-century tower, all the exterior walls were added or rebuilt between the years 1841–1853. A south vestry was added in 1975. Between 1991–1995, the pews and choir stalls were removed.

The church has two medieval effigies, of Sir Robert de Stapleton (active c. 1282–1301), lord of the Manor of Great Barr and Aldridge; and of a 14th-century priest, possibly Roger de Elyngton.

The church's historic records are held at Staffordshire Record Office.

Aldridge's war memorial stands on the green next to the church.

The current Rector is the Revd Steve Doel.

A 1955 painting of the church by the then Rector, the Rev Ronald William Cartmel, is in the collection of The New Art Gallery Walsall.

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