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All Saints, Claverley, Shropshire

(52°32′17″N, 2°18′23″W)
SO 793 934
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
01 January 1999

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Claverley is a village in east Shropshire, less than two miles from the Staffordshire border. The nearest towns are Bridgnorth (4.5 miles to the west) and Wolverhampton (7 miles NE). The village is on the shoulder of a red sandstone hill, with the church at its centre. It is an aisled church, with an 11thc. N arcade. The remainder of the church 13thc. and later, with 12thc. traces. Wallpaintings, c.1200, are situated on the nave wall above the arcade. The remains of a 12thc. arch with carved capitals on S side of the nave to R of a blocked up arch that once formed the esternmost bay of S nave arcade. Two fonts: the 'Anglo-Saxon' font is situated R of the S entrance to the church. The other, dating to the 12thc., is in the S aisle W of the S entrance. The church was restored in 1902, when, according to Garner, the Norman arch next to the organ was uncovered.


Claverley was held by Earl Aelfgar before the Conquest and by Roger of Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury in 1086. It was a large manor assessed at 20 hides, and was home to 45 recorded inhabitants, suggesting a total population of approximately 200. The church rests on Anglo-Saxon and possibly Roman foundations. From 1086 to 1100 the canons of Quatford were rectors of Claverley. In 1100 the deans of St Mary, Bridgnorth, were rectors of the parish.


Interior Features


Nave arches






Home suggests that the plain font is Anglo-Saxon. It is not mentioned by Pevsner (1958) but Newman & Pevsner suggest that it might be Norman. The 12thc. font stands on medieval, probably 13thc. tiles, and was therefore probably moved to its present position after the construction of the S aisle. The trumpet scallops of the nave arch suggests a date of c.1170-90 for this feature.


EH, English Heritage Listed Building 254653.

L. Garner, Churches of Shropshire, Shropshire Books, 1994, 51-54.

G. Home, The Parish Church of All Saints, Claverley, Shropshire. Descriptive and Historical Notes, 1947.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 209-11.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 102-4.