St George the Martyr, Newbold Pacey, Warwickshire

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Feature Sets (2)


The original church burnt down in 1880 and was rebuilt by J L Pearson in 1881-2 in 13thc. style (VCH). It has nave, chancel, S aisle and transept and NW tower. Two 12thc. doorways were reused in the new church.


The 12thc. church was granted to Norstell Priory in 1291.


Exterior Features


North doorway, nave

Round-headed, of one order, reset. Of yellow/brown stone and protected by a modern porch.

R capital
h. incl. necking 0. 22 m
h. not incl. necking 0.18 m
w. 0.22 m
h. of opening
w. of opening 1.01 m
First order

Square plinths integral with the masonry of the jambs supporting double-bulbous spurred bases with a torus.

Detached nook-shafts are followed by capitals integral with the masonry of the jambs.

L capital: Above cable necking, a cushion capital with a volute in the angle. The cone is decorated with an overall pattern of lozenges and the shields are plain.

R capital: Above cable necking, a cushion capital with a volute in the angle and a row of cable dividing shield and cone. A triple cable, the outer strands twining away from the central strands, lies along the angle. On the N face a ribbon forms three loops while on the W face four ribbons intersect forming a square at centre. The shield is plain. There are traces of white pigment on the capital.

L impost : hollow-chamfered with a cable running along the hollow. The upright has, on the N face, lozenges, and on the W face, four and a half chip-carved saltire crosses, the centres drilled to depths of up to 0.06 m.

R impost: The E face is plain, and the N face, though badly spalled is seen to be chamfered with a roll running along the chamfer and a thick band of cable separating the chamfered surface from the upright. The upright has a central roll, wider than that on the chamfer. There are traces of white pigment on the N face, heavy locally.

The arch has a three-quarter nook roll.

The label is chamfered with a single row of widely spaced cylindrical billet along the chamfer, followed on the face by a row of cable moulding.

South doorway, nave

Round-headed, of two orders, reset. Similar yellow/brown stone to N doorway.

diam. of capitals 0.26 m
h. of capitals 0.14 m
h. of opening
w. of opening 1.13 m
First order

Plain and continuous.

Second order

Square, chamfered plinths below round bases, each with a torus, the R base very eroded.

A heavy semicircular face roll extends around jambs and arch, broken only by rounded decorated blocks at impost level.

L block: a series of thick reeded diagonal mouldings.

R block: as L , the diagonal mouldings mirroring those on the L.

Interior: Plain and continuous. The rear arch is much taller than the doorway arch.


VCH states that Pearson saved two late 12thc. doorways and reset them, and that the present N doorway was the S doorway of the original church. However, this is contradicted by ac.1820 print from the Aylesford Collection, reproduced in VCH, which shows the S doorway with little more than a label.

VCH comments that the reeded diagonal mouldings on the S doorway imposts are cable mouldings, but there is no longer evidence of this.


  • VCH, 5:122
  • Pevsner and Wedgewood, 361
Church Plan


Site Location
Newbold Pacey
National Grid Reference
SP 299 571 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Warwickshire
now: Warwickshire
medieval: Worcester
now: Coventry
medieval: not confirmed
now: St George the Martyr
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Harry Sunley