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St Mary’s parish church was part of Canons Ashby Priory. The white ashlar trefoil arches of the west front are c1250 built by Augustinians. The large west window is of later construction, and the tower was built c1350.

Today the church consists of just two bays of the original medieval building, the rest was demolished to by the Copes and Drydens in the late 16th century to build their respective homes.

One of the floor tiles is embossed with the Dryden Coat of Arms which has the addition of the “Red Hand of Ulster” to normal Dryden Arms. The “Red Hand of Ulster” is a frequent ornament to much of the Canons Ashby House.

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Access: Open same time as National Trust property.

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