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Croome D'Abitot is 3 miles to the east of Severn Stoke and east of the A38 and M5
St.Mary Magdalene, Croome Landscape Park.
The original church at Croome was demolished by the 6th Earl of Coventry when he decided to replace his adjacent Jacobean house in the 1750s. His new house and park were designed and laid out by Capability Brown as was the church, set on a low hill nearby in Croome Park as an ‘eye catcher’. The interiors of both house and church are attributed to Robert Adam and were completed in 1763. The new church is a perfect fantasy of the period, with elegant Gothick windows and plasterwork, pulpit, communion rails, commandments and creed boards. But the chancel is really a mausoleum to the Coventry family. The very splendid monuments to earlier members of the family were brought from the old church. 
The church was declared redundant on 30 October 1973 and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. 
Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
|Parish Registers||Births / Christenings||1813-1875|
|Bishops' Transcripts||Births / Christenings||1608-1700 (52%)|
For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St.Mary Magdalene Church see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Croome Park St Mary Magdalene Church
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An historical & descriptive account of Croome D'Abitot the seat of the Right Hon the Earl of Coventry, with biographical notes of the Coventry family; to which are annexed Hortus Croomensis & observat An historical & descriptive account of Croome D'Abitot the seat of the Right Hon the Earl of Coventry, with biographical notes of the Coventry family; to which are annexed Hortus Croomensis & observations on the propogration of exotics Published , 1824 Author Dean, William Society of Genealogists
An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:
CROOM-D'ABITOT, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Pershore, containing 129 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, with that of Pirton, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £7, and in the patronage of the Earl of Coventry. The church, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, was rebuilt in 1763: it is a neat edifice in the later style of English architecture.
Last Updated: 13/11/2012