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St Mary’s Church, Woburn
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St Mary’s Church, Woburn
51°59′23.03″N 0°37′2.76″W / 51.9897306°N 0.6174333°W / 51.9897306; -0.6174333Coordinates: 51°59′23.03″N 0°37′2.76″W / 51.9897306°N 0.6174333°W / 51.9897306; -0.6174333
Location Woburn
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Website woburnparishchurch.org.uk
History
Founder(s) 8th Duke of Bedford
Dedication St Mary the Virgin
Consecrated 23 September 1868
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Architect(s) Henry Clutton
Construction cost £30,000 (equivalent to £1,930,000 in 2018)2018.
Specifications
Length 148 feet (45 m)
Nave width 64 feet (20 m)
Height 61 feet (19 m)
Administration
Parish Woburn
Deanery Ampthill and Shefford
Archdeaconry Bedford
Diocese St Albans
Province Canterbury

St Mary’s Church, Woburn, is a Grade II* listed parish church in the Church of England in Woburn, Bedfordshire.

History

The church, on Park Street, Woburn, was built to the designs of the architect Henry Clutton between 1865 and 1868 and paid for by William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford. It replaced the old parish church in the village which, except for the tower, was demolished when the new church opened.

The tower was equipped with a monster bell (said to be the largest in a parish church at the time) of 55 cwt (6,160 pounds (2,790 kg)), cast in C by Mears and Stainbank of London.

On opening the church tower was surmounted by a spire which reached to a height of 181 ft. This was itself crowned with a copper cross at its summit, which took the total height to 195 feet (59 m). However, structural problems caused the removal of the spire in 1890.

The church was consecrated on 23 September 1868 by the Rt. Revd. Harold Browne, Bishop of Ely.

The east window was inserted in 1894 as a memorial to George Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford and is by Charles Eamer Kempe.

Organ

The original organ of 1868 by T.J. Robson was replaced in 1904 be a new instrument by Norman and Beard. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

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