St Mary, Neen Savage, Shropshire

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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. 


Exterior Features


N doorway

A blocked, round-headed doorway of a single order. The jambs and arch are chamfered and there are worn and damaged chamfered imposts but no capitals.

Height of opening 2.24 m
Width of opening 1.09 m

S chancel doorway

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

Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Tower arch

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.


The interlocking lily motif resembles that on the labels at St Mary, Shrewsbury, Little Ness and Halford.


  • 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. 

Exterior from SE


Site Location
Neen Savage
National Grid Reference
SO 674 774 
now: Shropshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Hereford
medieval: Hereford
now: St Mary
medieval: St Mary (pre-Reformation)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler, Ron Baxter 
Visit Date
30 Jul 2000 (BZ), 09 May 2017 (RB)