Kenilworth, Warwickshire

St. Nicholas' Church, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Although not as old as either Abbey or Castle, St. Nicholas' Church was frequented by the great and the good throughout its history as the importance of the Castle rose and fell.

It would seem that the first parish church on the land (as opposed to part of the Priory) dated to around 1291, the doorway clearly demonstrates its great age with its typically Norman decorated arch.

The tower and north and south aisles date to the 14th Century by which time Kenilworth Castle was one of the most important in the country.

Amongst the monarchs who visited were Edward III, Henrys V, VI and VII. Elizabeth I attended the church three times in 1575 and her silver chalice is still in the church's possession. James I and Charles I also both visited by which time the Abbey was no more.

During the 19th Century St. Nicholas' was renovated and in 1858 the spire had to be rebuilt after being hit by lightning.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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