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St Nicholas, Pinvin, Worcestershire

(52°8′18″N, 2°3′51″W)
SO 957 489
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Built of rubble masonry, plastered within and without. Nave and chancel probably 12thc., but greatly restored in 1884-85, when a bell-cote was added at the W end. Romanesque sculpture is found on three carved fragments inset into the wall above the plain S doorway, and on the font.


At the end of the 12thc. the manor of Pinvin apparently formed part of the manor of Pershore held by Westminster Abbey. St Nicholas's was one of the ancient chapelries of St Andrew's, Pershore, and never achieved parochial independence throughout the medieval period. Unusually for a chapel, it did acquire rights of baptism, as indicated by the presence of the 12thc. font (cf Bricklehampton).


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration





The rounded section of the S doorway jambs is compared to a similar feature at Worcester Cathedral by Pevsner.


The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV. London 1924, 168, 174-76.

C. J. Bond, 'Church and Parish in Norman Worcestershire' in J. Blair (ed) Minsters and Parish Churches. The Local Church in Transition 950-1200, Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 17. Oxford 1988, 119-58, 133 n. 63.

N.Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968,16, 243-44.