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St Mary, Alveley, Shropshire

(52°27′28″N, 2°21′21″W)
SO 759 845
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Barbara Zeitler
31 Jul 2000

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Feature Sets

Late 12thc W tower. Tower arch decorated with capitals. N nave arcade, c. 1200. S nave arcade slightly later. 13thc chancel and exterior of church extensively restored in 19thc. The church was extensively restored in 1878-9 by Sir Arthur Blomfield.


In Domesday Book Aveley was valued at £6 to Earl Algar, and £5 in 1086 to Earl Roger of Shrewsbury. Aveley church was one of six prebends for the royal free collegiate chapel of secular canons founded by Earl Roger at Quatford in 1086, by the mid-12thc moved to Bridgnorth Castle.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches



Interior Decoration


The leaf ornament on the triple capital of the E impost of the N Arcade resembles the decoration of the capital of the of the E impost of the S arcade at Morville, although the carving of the latter is more accomplished.


D. H. S. Cranage, An architectural account of the churches of Shropshire, vol. 1, pt. 4, London 1894-1912, 259-67.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, vol. III, London 1856, 121-45.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 58-9.

A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2, Victoria County History, London 1973, 123-128.