Neen Savage is a village in the SE of the county, 10 mile W of Kidderminster and a mile N of Cleobury Mortimer. It consists of a small settlement alongside a ford of the River Rea. The church, on the E bank of the river, consists of a nave, chancel and W tower, all 12thc in origin. Romanesque features are found in the tower arch, the blocked N nave doorway, and a S chancel doorway heavily restored in 1882.
The Domesday Survey records 2 holdings in Neen Savage. The first was held by Wulfric in 1066, and by Richard from Ralph de Mortimer in 1086. It paid geld for 1½ hides. The second was held by Hunning in 1066 and by Ingelrann from Ralph de Mortimer in 1086. This was valued at 4 hides and had a mill. In 1179 Hugh de Mortimer gave the church to Wigmore Abbey, to which it belonged until the Dissolution.
|Height of opening||2.24 m|
|Width of opening||1.09 m|
Round headed, single order with plain, square jambs and arch, and worn hollow-chamfered imposts with a deep roll towards the bottom of the face. To this late-12thc doorway has been added a 19thc quirked hollow chamfered label with tangential trumpet-shaped flowers in the chamfer. This has a pair of human head label stops.
|Height of opening||2.13 m|
|Width of opening||0.92 m|
Round-headed. One order. Plain, square jambs. Chamfered imposts. Plain, square arch voussoirs. Chamfered label, one groove running lengthwise across the arch. Label rests upon the imposts. Much renewed.
P. Byran, 'St. Mary's C. of E., Neen Savage', booklet (Angel Bank, 1998).
D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, 10 vols, 1894-1912, vol. I, pt. 4, 340-2.
R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol. IV, 232-36.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 215-6.