History

 HERITAGE of the Abbey Church

The Abbey says  ‘Who do you think you are?

As part of Heritage Open Days each year the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Manor Court Road, Nuneaton is continuing to compile an archive of church life and the people involved in it from 1874 to the present day.

Have you and your family got links to the Abbey?  Family baptisms, confirmations, weddings?  Were you a member of Sunday School, Youth Club, Guides, Brownies, Scouts, Cubs?

What memories do you have of events at the church or people there?

Did you take part in the 1955 Pageant?  or have you any photos of events and people?

We are especially seeking copies of the plans/architects drawings of the Clapton Rolfe build of 1876 and Harold Brakespear builds of 1906-1930

HISTORY of the Abbey Church

The materials so far collected and the gift of artefacts linked to the church and parish have inspired the project. We are recording and storing as much information as possible about our church and parish from 1850 to the present day in as well as the the history of the Abbey from its earliest days.

Overview  A brief history
Part 1  Covers the start of planning to rebuild the church and the first two vicars.
Part 2  Covers the next period to 1903
Part 3    Includes histories of the stained glass and donated items.

See also the Abbey Stained Glass Page.

Thanks to Sally Ann Veasey and Wendy Williams for their help with this section.

Jan Bradbury

The book From Eaton to Nuneaton. A History of St. Mary’s Abbey by EA Veasey has been updated and reprinted. This is an excellent full colour publication which can be purchased in church. If you would like to be sent a copy by post please contact Fr M Liddell (see contact page) and make a donation of £5.00 through the Donations page adding “Eaton to Nuneaton” in the messsage box.