Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1054608

Date first listed: 21-Mar-1968

Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL


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Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Wentnor

National Grid Reference: SO 38364 92657



7/56 Church of St Michael

21 3 68 GV II*

Parish church. Medieval origins, largely rebuilt using old materials by Henry Curzon in 1886. Rubblestone walls, slate roofs. Nave, chancel, south porch and vestry. Nave. The majority of the north wall, the west wall and the western part of the south wall appear to be medieval (see the angle quoins - one of those at the north-west corner is carved with an inverted grotesque head); on the north side are a small late C12 window (deeply splayed internally) and to the west a blocked round headed doorway - carved imposts, one with saltire crosses, the other with plain horizontal fluting - both in their original positions. The south doorway (under a late C19 timber porch on low stone walls) is transitional (c.1200), pointed with single chamfering and hoodmould, again in its original position; at the west end the weatherboarded belfry with pyramidal roof and weather- cock was considerably altered in late C19, it is supported on its west side by a stone corbel table; the cusped lancet windows, 3 on the south side (the central one with triple lights) and one on the north are also of 1886. Chancel. 2 bays, 2 cusped lancets in the western bay on each side, eastern bay windowless, has an East window of triple lancets; the vestry, unusually, is on the south side. Interior. The belfry is supported by an old framework of 4 oak pillars with massive cross beams, strengthened by braces; the 5-bay arch braced roof to the nave may be late C15; one of its trusses also has a tie beam but the windbraces, which are said to be arranged in a quatrefoil pattern, are now plastered over; the chancel, separated from the nave by a late C19 openwork timber screen has a trussed rafter roof (1886); C17 carved wooden pulpit and communion table, late C19 reredos with mosaic panels in an alabaster surround; the stained glass in the East window, showing Christ's coronation, is by Clayton and Bell; late C19 font. Cl7 and C18 pews re-used as dado panelling to the nave. Early C18 3-panel parish chest. At the west end of the church are placed 5 C18 and C19 headstones. The advowson of the church was presented to the Abbey of Shrewsbury as early as 1095. B.O.E. p.311; Cranage Vol.5 Pp. 427-8.

Listing NGR: SO3836492657


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Legacy System number: 256902

Legacy System: LBS

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