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St Mary Magdalene, Albrighton (near Wolverhampton), Shropshire

(52°38′13″N, 2°17′1″W)
Albrighton (near Wolverhampton)
SJ 809 044
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
24 June 1999

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Feature Sets
Albrighton is a large village in the far E of the county, 7 miles NW of the centre of Wolverhampton, for which city it serves as a dormitory. The church of St Mary Magdalene stands on the N side of the village centre. It has a chancel, an aisled nave with a W tower, a porch, organ chamber, vestry and boiler house. Of these the chancel is 14thc, the lower 3 stages of the 4-stage tower are 12thc and the top stage and parapet 13thc and 15thc respectively, and most of the remainder of the church dates from 1853, although the boiler room is 20thc. Construction is largely of red sandstone ashlar (yellow to the N aisle) with some tile. Romanesque features recorded here are the windows of the tower.

Albrighton was held as 2 manors by Algar and Godgyth in 1066, and as a single manor by Norman from Earl Roger de Montgomery in 1086. It was then assessed at 1½ hides with woodland for 100 pigs. It was noted in the Domesday Survey as waste and in the king’s hands. A certain Nicholas, priest of Albrighton, is mentioned in 1186-7 (Eyton). The manor later came into the hands of the de Picheford family, Henry III granting a fair and a market to Ralph de Picheford in 1232. Both were confirmed in 1303 to John la Warre, lord of the manor by that date.


Exterior Features



It seems possible that the W and N windows of the tower have been reduced in size by adding a 1st order, perhaps when the 4th storey was added for the bells.


R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol. 2, 149-66

Historic England Listed Building 255122

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire New Haven and London 2006, 108-09.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 56.