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St Mary, Highley, Shropshire

(52°26′46″N, 2°22′56″W)
SO 741 832
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
14 April 2001

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Feature Sets

Highley is a village about nine miles NW of Kidderminister, on the W bank of the River Severn. The church lies to the S of the village and consists of a single-aisled structure built in local stone; the nave and the W tower with buttresses were added in the 13thc to the original 12thc church. The 13thc S porch was extensively rebuilt in 1881, when the entire building was restored by Samuel Pountney Smith. Romanesque elements are found in one of the windows of the N nave wall and in the window on N chancel wall, both dated to the 12thc. Features of interest are the N doorway, carved in the late 12thc or the early 13thc, and the Priest's doorway in the S wall of chancel, dated to the 12thc.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 the manor of 'Hugelei' belonged to the Countess Godiva; in 1086 the lordship passed to Ralph of Mortimer and it was assessed at 6 carucates.


Exterior Features



The N doorway and Priest's Doorway show many similarities, suggesting that they belong to the same building campaign.


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, Wellington 1901-12, vol. 1, pt. 4, 306-9.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London 1859, vol. 4, 260-8.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 299.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 149-50.