St John the Baptist, Mamble, Worcestershire

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Feature Sets (3)


Built of sandstone rubble with sandstone facings. The church comprises a nave, chancel and timbered W tower, largely of the early 13thc., a S aisle of the 14thc., and a ruined, roofless N chapel of the 16thc. Romanesque sculpture is found in the chancel arch. There is also a plain font.


In 1086, Ralph Mortimer held half a hide; it had previously been held by Sawold. The Mortimers of Wigmore continued to be overlords.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Chancel arch

Pointed, slightly depressed, two orders.

First order, shared

Half-shafts with central fillet on water-holding bases with a slight projection below the fillet; the plinths appear to have had spurs, now removed. The shafts are flanked by hollow chamfers. Plain neckings continuing over the chamfer, carved capitals (see below) and chamfered impost blocks with a groove at the arris.

L capital: one row of plain pointed leaves, those at the angles with moulded borders; R section renewed.

R capital: carved in shallow relief with one row of plain leaves, ovoid in shape with thick stems rising from a narrow roll above the necking. Repair in the centre of the main face. Two fat soffit rolls in the arch, separated by a fillet.

Second order, E face

Nook shafts directly on plinths, again with spur ornament probably removed. No capitals, but a narrow abacus with chamfered angle beneath impost, which is continuous with first order. The arch bears a fat roll inside a hollow chamfer.

Second order, W face

As second order, E face. Hollow-chamfered label with a groove on the face. Eroded head stops, human.



Plain cylindrical bowl with rolled lower edge below a fillet on cylindrical moulded stem, which may be of later date. The bowl has at some time been broken and repaired, its rim re-cut and squared off. No lead lining.

circ. of bowl 2.23 m
diam. of bowl 0.71 m
h. of bowl 0.23 m
int. diam. of bowl 0.51 m
int. d. of bowl 0.19 m


The chancel arch probably dates fromc.1200.


  • The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV, London 1924, 285, 287-89.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 219.
Exterior, general view, from S


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SO 688 716 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Worcestershire
now: Worcestershire
medieval: Worcester
now: Worcester
now: St John the Baptist
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
G. L. Pearson