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St Egwin, Norton, Worcestershire

(52°7′39″N, 1°56′18″W)
SP 043 477
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

The church was largely rebuilt in 1844, but contains some original work of the late medieval period and a Romanesque lectern. The lectern was dug up in the churchyard of Evesham Abbey in 1813 and set up in the church in 1865 (Pevsner 1968, 226).


In 1086, Norton was held by the monks of Evesham. In 1206 the two chapels of Norton and Lenchwick were appropriated to the sacristy of Evesham Abbey. A lectern was purchased for the chapter house of Evesham by Abbot Adam (1160-89).





The lectern is related to those at Crowle and Much Wenlock, the latter datedc.1180 (London 1984). According to Pevsner, the figure is Italianate, the foliage English. The limestone block is traversed by a single horizontal bedding surface, which is somewhat irregular and locally stylotic, which suggests it is of palaeozoic age; such lithologies are found in the Carboniferous limestones of the Bristol and Forest of Dean areas, and in the Silurian Wenlock limestone of Shropshire. The stone is very similar to that used for the lecterns at Crowle, Worcestershire, and Much Wenlock, Shropshire, and all three could have come from the same quarry, although it is doubtful that they were carved from the same block (Prof. J. E. Prentice, personal communication, 1993).

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.II. London 1906, 194-95, 416, 418-20.
G. Zarnecki in G. Zarnecki, J. Holt and T. Holland, English Romanesque Art 1066-1200. London 1984, 203.
F. T. S. Houghton, The Stone Lecterns at Abbots Norton, Crowle and Wenlock 1913.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 16, 47, 225–226.
B. Watson, Church Guide.
E.J. Rudge in Archaeologia, 27, (1814).