St James, Cardington, Shropshire

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Feature Sets (2)


The nave is 12thc. There are two S doorways. One has 12thc. sculpture, but has been much restored. Another, blocked-up, doorway is further E on the S wall of the nave. There are two blocked-up doorways on the N wall. Of one only the arch is visible. The tower is 13thc. with a later top storey. The chancel dates from c.1300.


In 1167 the village of Cardington was given by William FitzAlan to the Knights Templar, whose preceptory in Shropshire was at the manor of Lydley Hayes. The first documented priest was Arnulf in 1185. After the suppression of the Templars in 1308 Cardington and Lydley Hayes were given to the Knights Hospitallers. By 1318 Cardington was in the possession of Edmund FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel.


Exterior Features


N doorway

Round-headed. One order.

N doorway

Plain, angular jambs. Plain tympanum. Oval indentation L of centre. Lower tympanum is damaged R of centre.

S doorway

Round-headed. Two orders, one order of shafts.

L capital max w. E face c.0.14 m
L capital h. 0.205 m
L capital max w. S face, c.0.18 m
R capital h 0.16 m
R capital max w. W face 0.17 m
R capital max w. S face 0.17 m
S doorway h. 2.54 m w. 1.48 m
First order

Plain angular jambs. Plain voussoirs.

Second order

L capital: extremely worn. The necking is eroded and the nook shaft and base are modern.

R capital: Foliate. The necking, nook shaft and base are modern.

Label: roll-moulding.



  • P. L. Bland, The Church of St James at Cardington, Shropshire Historic Churches Trust, c.1994.

  • English Heritage Listed Building id. 259552

  • N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 93-4.

Cardington 1866 groundplan created by CURZON, Henry of London. Image from Church Plans Online (published by the NOF Digitise Architecture England Consortium).


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SO 506 951 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Shropshire
medieval: Hereford
now: Hereford
now: St James
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler 
Visit Date
15 August 1998