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This section will provide you with an insight to the history, beauty and importance of St Mary’s as an historic monument worthy of our efforts in preserving it for generations to come.

Hawkesbury was in the past the mother church of a much larger parish, and until recently its name to the Rural Deanery. The original charter for the parish dates from 972, when a large area was granted to the Benedictine Abbey of Pershore. The current parish boundary, over thirty miles in length, still follows much of the original line. The Manor continued in the hands of Pershore until the dissolution when it passed, in 1546, to the Boteler family, who were possibly responsible for the raising, re-fenestration and re-roofing of the nave in the sixteenth century.

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