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St Mary Magdalene, Quatford, Shropshire

(52°30′48″N, 2°23′9″W)
SO 739 907
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
14 Apr 2001

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The village and church are located on a steep cliff above the River Severn on the E bank. The chancel and the window on its N wall are 12thc, as is the 12thc chancel arch. The font at W end of S aisle may be 12thc at least in part. Eyton (1854) reproduces the 12thc S doorway, which has now disappeared. The nave and tower were replaced in the 18thc.


Founded by Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury, who also built a motte and bailey castle. The church was consecrated to St Mary Magdalene by Wulstan, bishop of Worcester, on 22 July 1086. The churches at Claverley and Alveley belonged to Quatford (Watson, 1989).


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Cranage (1903) considers the font to be Norman with carving added in the 14thc. Pevsner (2006) suggests a 14thc date.


D. H. S. Cranage, An architectural account of the churches of Shropshire, Vol. I, pt. 4, Wellington, 1903, 351-54.

A. Webb and R. Curtis, St Mary Magdalene, Quatford. A Guide and History, booklet, 2000.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, vol. I, London, 1854, 104-17.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 481-82.

M. D. Watson, 'The Chancel of St Andrew's Church, Quatt.', Transactions of Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society, 66 (1989), 15-19.