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St John the Baptist, Hope Bagot, Shropshire

(52°21′42″N, 3°16′7″W)
Hope Bagot
SO 137 745
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
07 November 1999 (BZ), 9 May 2017 (RB)

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Hope Bagot is a small village about 6 miles E of Ludlow. The church lies to the E of the village and consists of a single-aisled structure with nave and chancel built in the 12thc of rubble stone with ashlar dressings and rendered rubble. During the 13thc the W tower was added to the building and the lancet window on the S wall of the chancel was opened. The S porch was added in the 14thc. The church was restored in 1868 and by William Douglas Caröe in 1911.

Romanesque sculptural evidence survives in the 12thc round-headed window on N wall of nave and on N wall of chancel; on the exterior of the window on N wall of chancel; on the S doorway; on the chancel arch; and in the font located in the in nave to the L of the S doorway. Regrettably, the carved ornament close to S doorway, on exterior of the church, is partly obscured by the porch.


Hope Bagot is mentioned in the Domesday Survey as a portion of Caynham. The church was founded by feoffees known as Bagard who held a manor called 'Hope'. On payment of an annuity of six shillings and eight pence to the Mother Church at Caynham, Bagard and his descendants secured the right of burial here. On 15 June 1288 Robert Bagard was instituted a clerk.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



The use of the lozenge pattern is remarkably consistent both inside and outside the church.


D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, 10 vols, 1894-1912. vol 1, parts 4-5, 310-11.

Historic England Listed Building 483953

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London 2006, 305.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 152-53.