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St Michael, Upton Cressett, Shropshire

(52°31′45″N, 2°30′30″W)
Upton Cressett
SO 656 925
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
31 Jul 2000 (BZ), 19 October 2023 (RB)

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Upton Cresset is a small village approximately 3 miles W of Bridgnort but inaccessible except by a narrow, winding lane. The village is dominated by Upton Cressett Hall, a Tudor brick building adjacent to the church. In its present state the church is unaisled: a 13thc N nave arcade now forms the N wall of the nave. There are two Romanesque windows on S side of nave and another at the W end of nave. The S doorway is decorated with sculpture. The chancel is 12thc with a 19thc S chapel, and one Romanesque window in the N wall. The chancel arch is elaborately carved. There is a 12thc font at the W of the nave. The church was closed owing to dwindling congregations in 1959 and was placed in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust in 1972.


The church was built on land belonging to the Norman de Upton family. The N aisle was pulled down at a later stage.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




The chancel arch is exceptionally finely carved. For the motif of the two triangles set into one another on the arch of the second order of the chancel arch see the doorway leading into the Chapter House at Much Wenlock.) The remains of the label also resemble the remains of the labels of the chapter house entrance and windows at Much Wenlock. The stone used on the chancel arch is the same as at Much Wenlock. The font resembles the font at Claverley.


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. 1, pt. 4, 370-3.

R.W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London 1859, vol. 1, 138-47.

Redundant Churches Fund, 'St Michael, Upton Cressett, Shropshire, booklet, London 1989.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, London 1958, 306.