St Mary the Virgin, Walsgrave on Sowe, Warwickshire

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Feature Sets (2)


The chancel, nave, N and S aisles, vestry, S porch and W tower of the church all date from the 14th and 15thc. The SW corner of the church is now enveloped externally by recently built parish rooms. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


The church was originally a chapel on the ancient estate of Coventry Priory and was not one of the Chester chapels granted to the priory in the 12thc.




Situated toward the E end of the N aisle. Tub-shaped and decorated with simple arcading, with neither jambs nor imposts shared. The bases of the arcading are created by a horizontal, incised line which is continued between the jambs. The columns are heavy and rounded with round imposts and the shallow arches are chamfered. The plain round base sits on a round plinth with a slight chamfer. Of local red sandstone. The whole stands on a modern two-stage concrete plinth.

circ. at base of bowl 1.95 m
circ. at rim 2.30 m
ext. diam. at rim 0.72 m
h. of bowl 0.40 m
int. diam. at rim 0.53 m


This form of font arcading is also seen at Wyken (Ed.)


  • VCH, 8:343-346.
General view from SE.


Site Location
Walsgrave on Sowe
National Grid Reference
SP 379 808 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Warwickshire
now: West Midlands
medieval: not confirmed
now: Coventry
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Mary the Virgin
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Harry Bodenham