St Peter, Diddlebury, Shropshire

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Diddlebury is a village in the Corve valley, overlooked by Wenlock Edge in southern Shropshire, 16 miles S of Shrewsbury. The church stands in the centre of the village, alongside Delbury Hall. Church originally single-aisled. S aisle added in 13thc. S wall and S porch 19thc. N wall of nave Anglo-Saxon, constructed of herringbone masonry. Blocked-up Anglo-Saxon doorway on N wall. Chancel 12thc. Remains of two blocked, round-headed 12thc. windows at E end, replaced by 13thc. three-light window, renewed in 19thc. One Norman window on N side of chancel, and one on S near 13thc. Priest's Doorway. Lower section of W tower probably Anglo-Saxon. Otherwise 12thc. and later. On W front, small late 12thc. pointed arch set into large semicircular arch that may be either Anglo-Saxon or early 12thc. Some Anglo-Saxon sculpture is set in the inner nave walls of the church. One slab of loose Anglo-Saxon sculpture. The church was restored in the 1880s.


Diddlebury was given by Roger Mortimer, holder of the county of Shropshire, to the Abbey of Shrewsbury by 1086. In 1255 the collegiate church of St Mary, Bridgnorth, was claiming an annual rent from the parish.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Reset corbel above small W doorway

Weathered human head carving with large ears and bulging eyes, reset above the apex of small W doorway. Yellow sandstone.

W tower, S side corbels

Corbel table chamfered, with one horizontal groove in lower part of upright. Situated between easternmost buttress of W tower and nave. Two corbels.


Corbel S1 (W corbel)

Human figure, possibly female

Corbel S2 (E corbel)

Damaged. Human or animal figure, possibly a large bird. Head missing. Two worn protrusions at lower end of corbel may represent legs or wings.

W tower, W side corbels

Corbel table chamfered with three red sandstone corbels in the shape of animal heads. The corbels, although somewhat weathered, are finely carved. From L to R: head of muzzled bear, ram and, possibly, dog. The bear's muzzle is decorated with studs. The ram's horns are elaborate spirals. The third animal has elongated, open muzzle.

Corbel W1 (N corbel)

Head of muzzled bear; the muzzle decorated with studs.

Corbel W2 (centre corbel)

Ram's head with elaborate spiral horns.

Corbel W3 (S corbel)

Head of an animal with an elongated, open muzzle, possibly a dog.


The large human head above the apex of the small W doorway may be Anglo-Saxon.


  • S. P. J. Harvey, A Short Guide to St. Peter's, Diddlebury, n.d.

  • J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 245-6.

  • N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 120.

  • VCH, Victoria County History: Shropshire, II, London 1973, 3, 31.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SO 508 853 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Shropshire
medieval: Hereford
now: Hereford
medieval: St Peter (pre-Reformation)
now: St Peter
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler 
Visit Date
15 August 1998