St. Editha's Church, Tamworth

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Date:1920 - 1939 (c.)

Description:St. Editha's church dates back to Saxon times, over 1200 years ago, when Tamworth was the capital of the Kingdom of Mercia. The church was ransacked by the Danes in 874, but by 925 a new church must have been built as Sigtrygg of Northumbria tried to marry Editha, King Athelstan's sister, there. Editha became the patron saint of the church.

A fire in 1345 destroyed the Norman church, which it is believed was built under the guidance of Robert de Marmion, the King's Champion and lord of Tamworth Castle. The present church was built in the fourteenth-century by Dean Witney. The west tower contains a very unusual double staircase, where two flights of stairs wind one above the other around the same central post.


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1890s
Swimming team, MacGregor Baths, Church Street, Tamworth
Swimming team, MacGregor Baths, Church Street, Tamworth

Included in the Tamworth Amateur Swimming Team are T.W. Salt, A. Large, J. Cliff, ...

1920s
View of Church Street, Tamworth
View of Church Street, Tamworth

The Paregoric shop can be seen on the left of this postcard. The Paregoric Shop ...

1950s
North Staffordshire Regiment (Pensioners), St. Editha's Church, Tamworth
North Staffordshire Regiment (Pensioners), St. Editha's Church, Tamworth

A photograph of the North Staffordshire Regiment Pensioners taken outside the west ...

1970s
Parade in St. Editha's Square, Church Street, Tamworth
Parade in St. Editha's Square, Church Street, Tamworth

Red Cross Nurses and Cadets on parade in St. Editha's Square, with the Tamworth ...

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Source: Tamworth Castle Museum

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