Nestled in a beautiful setting this church, established between 1084-6 by the Earl of Shrewsbury, appears in the Domesday Book (1086). The current building retains the Norman chancel (which was remodelled in the fourteenth century) and some evidence of a Norman nave and tower (rebuilt in 1714).
The font is probably Norman, and the remnants of a wall painting on the north wall of the chancel date to c. 1100. While the remains are only small they are representative of a time when the whole of the chancel would have been decorated using similar designs. The chancel, north wall of the nave and chancel arch are of tufa. The tiles behind the communion rails are also medieval. Two incised stones can also be seen in the porch, below the wooden benches, which would have originally been lids of thirteenth-century altar tombs.
To the west of the church, the Norman motte of Roger of Shrewsbury’s castle survives.
There is plenty of parking just in front of the pub, the Danery, a short way from the church. Access to the churchyard is via a set of steep steps, though there is a lift to the left of the stairway. The church is currently open Wednesday – Sunday. Access outside of these times can be arranged by contacting the church wardens. Very easy to find, just off the A422.
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