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St John the Baptist, Kinlet, Shropshire

(52°25′34″N, 2°25′35″W)
SO 711 810
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
29 July 2000

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Kinlet is a village in the south of the county 7 miles S of Bridgnorth. It consists of a settlement on the B4363, with the church and hall some 0.7 miles outside the village to the NW.

The church consists of a nave with a west tower and south porch, transepts and chancel. The core is 12thc, and the N aisle arcade dates from the late 12thc, while the S aircade and the tower are a little later. The aisles themselves were widened in the 14thc, when the chancel was rebuilt and the transepts added. A timber-framed clerestory was added c1500. The S doorway incorporates an early 12thc tympanum, described below, and the nave arcades are also included here. The church was restored in 1890-93.


Kinlet was held by Richard from Ralph Mortimer in 1086. Before the Conquest Edith held it. The Domesday holding was of 4 hides, and no church or priest was noted at that time.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



Pevsner considers that the S arcade was made by the same workshop working

at Cleobury Mortimer and suggests that the capitals of the N arcade were

recut at a later stage.


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: Hobson & Co., 1901-12, pt. 4, 314-27.

R. W Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London: J. R. Smith, 1859, IV, 240-57.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 314-6.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 159-60.