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St Mary, Neen Savage, Shropshire

(52°23′37″N, 2°28′49″W)
Neen Savage
SO 674 774
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
30 Jul 2000 (BZ), 09 May 2017 (RB)

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Neen Savage is a village in the SE of the county, 10 mile W of Kidderminster and a mile N of Cleobury Mortimer. It consists of a small settlement alongside a ford of the River Rea. The church, on the E bank of the river, consists of a nave, chancel and W tower, all 12thc in origin. Romanesque features are found in the tower arch, the blocked N nave doorway, and a S chancel doorway heavily restored in 1882.


The Domesday Survey records 2 holdings in Neen Savage. The first was held by Wulfric in 1066, and by Richard from Ralph de Mortimer in 1086. It paid geld for 1½ hides. The second was held by Hunning in 1066 and by Ingelrann from Ralph de Mortimer in 1086. This was valued at 4 hides and had a mill. In 1179 Hugh de Mortimer gave the church to Wigmore Abbey, to which it belonged until the Dissolution.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The interlocking lily motif resembles that on the labels at St Mary, Shrewsbury, Little Ness and Halford.


P. Byran, 'St. Mary's C. of E., Neen Savage', booklet (Angel Bank, 1998).

D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, 10 vols, 1894-1912, vol. I, pt. 4, 340-2.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol. IV, 232-36.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 215-6.