St Mary, Habberley, Shropshire

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Habberley is a village centred on a minor crossroads in the Shropshire Hills, 8 miles SW of Shrewsbury. Nave and chancel in one
with bellcote at west end and lean-to vestry (former north chancel chapel) at north-east corner. Largely 19thc, but 12thc S and N doorways and a 12thc font (recut in the 18thc).



Habberley is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, and is assumed to have been recorded under Worthen, a very large manor assessed at 14½ hides, with 13 Berewicks. In 1086 Worthern was held by Roger fitzCorbet from Roger Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his sub-tenants included Picot, Reinfrid, Geoffrey and Grento. In 1240 the manor of Habberley ws held by Thomas Corbet of Caus. The church was formerly a chapelry of Worthern, but became an independent parish church in the 12thc.


Exterior Features


(ii) N doorway


Round-headed. 1 order. Jambs with chamfered edges. Size of jamb voussoirs irregular. Arch and plain tympanum of one piece.


Height of opening 1.84 m
Width of opening 0.70 m

(i) S doorway


Round-headed. 2 orders with tympanum.


Height of opening 2.05 m
Width of opening 1.13 m
1st order

Plain jambs with chamfered edges. Grooves, especially on R. Weathered. Plain arch voussoirs with chamfered edges, modern replacements. Plain tympanum, probably modern.

2nd order

Plain jambs with chamfered edges. Grooves, especially on R. Weathered. Moulded arch voussoirs.


No comments recorded.


  • Anon, St Mary's Church, Habberley, n.d.

  • D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire...: illustrated from photographs by M. J. Harding; with ground plans of the most important churches drawn by W. A. Webb, 2 vols, Wellington: Hobson & Co., 1901-12, pt 6, 528-9.

  • EH, English Heritage Listed Building 259488.

  • J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 277-8.

  • N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 135.

  • VCH, Victoria County History: Shropshire, VIII, London 1968, 243-44.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SJ 399 036 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Shropshire
medieval: Hereford
now: Hereford
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Mary
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler 
Visit Date
23 August 1999