Church of St Mary Magdalene, Compton Wynyates

Description of this historic site

The Church of St Mary Magdalene which was originally built during the Medieval period. It was largely restored during the Post Medieval period. The church is situated 100m north west of Compton Wynyates.

Notes about this historic site

1 Two equal aisles about 16m long by 9m broad together, and a W tower about 3.1m square. The main body was rebuilt about 1665, probably on the foundations of the previous church; but the W tower, although altered in appearance, is a survival of the earlier church, at least in its lower part. The damaged funeral monuments suggest that the previous church was ruined in the Civil War so badly that little of the fabric could be saved. The monuments are to members of the Compton family of the 15th century to the 17th century. The church is recorded in 1279, when Philip de Compton was patron.
2 17th century and 18th century furnishings.
5 Apart from the tower (much of which may simply have been refaced externally in 1656-65) there is no indication of the plan or character of the pre-Civil War church; unless its demolition was total (which seems unlikely), parts of its fabric may again be incorporated within the 17th century remodelling; the interior of the church, which is plastered throughout, contains no obvious clues. The substantial buttress on the N side of the church may be related to problems caused by earlier building phases.
6 Formerly the parish church, it is now (November 1982) in the process of being made redundant.