St Giles, Farlow, Shropshire

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Farlow is a small village about 14 miles W of Kidderminster. The present building was constructed in 1857-8 by Robert Griffiths in yellow sandstone but, according to Cranage (1901-12), the church at Farlow was originally a chapel of Stottesdon. It consists of a single-aisled structure with a N vestry and a S porch. The only Romanesque feature is the reset 12thc S doorway from the old church.


The Domesday Survey records that 'Ferlau' (or 'Fernelau') was held by Edith before the Conquest; in 1086 the lordship passed to Widard of Farlow, being King William tenant-in-chief.


Exterior Features


S doorway

This reset doorway is round-headed and features one order. In the arch order, on face, three rows of centrifugal chevrons are carved. One row of lateral chevrons is found on the face, point-to-point with one row of lateral chevrons on the soffit. Two rows of intersecting arches decorate the label.

Height 2.56m
Width 1.22m



  • 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 1901-12, vol. I, pt. 4, 303.

  • R. W Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London 1859, vol. IV, 191-2.

  • J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, London, 2006, 268-9.

  • N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 130.

Church from N


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SO 639 807 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Shropshire
now: Hereford
medieval: Hereford
medieval: unknown
now: St Giles
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler 
Visit Date
30 July 2000