Lack of maintenance and poorly planned structural alterations took place from time to time following the Reformation. Much was improved in the mid 19th Century when the west end was replaced in the perpendicular style and a brick wall removed separating the chancel from the crossing. Sadly medieval choir stalls were thrown out but fortunately the lily crucifixion (one of only five known examples carved in stone or alabaster) on the front of the tomb of John de Tannersley was preserved. St Mary’s pioneered Sunday school education for children unable to attend day school which included academic studies.
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