There is no excuse for a cemetery looking like this!

 Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford, Staffordshire
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The earliest references to a church in Stafford are from the 10th century which mention a wooden building on the site of St Bertelin's Chapel, the foundations of which are still to be seen at the west end of St Mary's today. Some of St Mary's stonework may be Norman in origin but the building as it stands today appears to be the result of a total rebuild in the late 12th century or early 13th century and the cruciform layout with aisled nave and chancel is typical of this period. Restorations took place in the 1840s, 1870s and between 1947 and 1952.
The memorials from the churchyard have been moved to the perimeter of the site and any damaged stones left in disrespectful piles.


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