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St Laurence, Alvechurch, Worcestershire

026 724
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

Mainly Victorian (rebuilt in the 1850s). Nave and chancel with two 19thc. chapels, 14thc. N aisle, with a neo-Norman arcade. W tower, a re-building of 15thc. work and dated 1676. The only 12thc. work is found on the remodelled S doorway.


In 1086 the manor of Alvechurch with its four berewicks, Coston Hackett, Westhill, Tonge and Overton, was numbered among the possessions of the see of Worcester. The Bishops of Worcester had a palace at Alvechurch, at which they frequently resided. At the date of DS there was a priest at Alvechurch. The advowson belonged to the Bishop of Worcester, and it has remained with the see of Worcester.


Exterior Features



Butterfield's drastic re-building of the 1850s was done in his 'blood and bandages' style and the medieval work sits ill in these surroundings.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III, London 1913, 255-257.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire, Harmondsworth 1968, 69.