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St Mary Rc, Brewood

Kiddemore Green Road, Brewood. https://www.stmarybrewood.org.uk/

Parish Priest: Father Paul Smith.

The Presbytery, Wharf Lane, Brewood, ST19 9BG Tel: 01902 850394 Email: stmarysrcbrewood@hotmail.com

Mass is celebrated at St Mary’s Brewood at 6.00pm every Saturday and at 11.00am every Sunday and at St Michael’s Church in Penkridge at 9.00am every Sunday.

Overlooking the Shropshire Union canal at the western edge of the village, St Mary’s Catholic church was formally opened in June 1844. It was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin in the Early English style and was built at a cost of £1,345. It is beautifully in context for such a village as Brewood and is also a testimony to the generosity of the Giffard family who gave the land for the church and churchyard and also the early parish priests’ upkeep.

The high altar is very simple, its only decoration being a lamb and flag motif deeply recessed beneath the altar table. The east window by Hardmans of Birmingham was a gift of Pugin.

The statue of the blessed Virgin Mary is very ancient. It was originally sited in the chapel of Blackladies Benedictine Convent at Bishop’s Wood until the building was ransacked and set on fire by Parliamentary soldiers hunting Charles II after the battle of Worcester. During he attack, the statue is said to have been pierced by a sword above the right knee, and at the back is a hole supposedly caused by a musket ball.

The scar was said to weep continually, even though the statue is dry with age, and the moisture was seemingly used by local Catholics to effect remarkable cures.