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All Saints, Church Lench, Worcestershire

(52°9′32″N, 1°57′58″W)
Church Lench
SP 024 512
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

The church, which was rebuilt in 1852-53 and restored in 1887-88 (Pevsner 1968, 120), comprises a W tower, a nave with a S aisle and porch, and a chancel. The only 12thc. survivals are the two reset doorways on the nave: the N one is plain and blocked; that on the S, protected by the porch, bears Romanesque sculpture.


There was a priest at Church Lench in 1086, when the manor was held by the abbot and convent of Evesham; the existence of a church at that time is also suggested by the prefix 'church'. Abbot Walter (1077-86) granted the manor to Urse d'Abitot, Sheriff of Worcestershire; Urse's grandson, William de Beauchamp, held it at a survey of the Abbey's lands, probably takenc.1150. The advowson belonged to the abbots of Evesham, but it passed into the hands of the Beauchamps after 1208.


Exterior Features



The reset S doorway shows signs of renewal, particularly of the imposts, and the capitals were probably re-tooled, if not renewed. The delicate little spur ornaments, however, are probably untouched. The L capital is related to sculpture at Leigh, Worcs. (E end of S arcade). Pevsner dates the doorway to the late 12thc.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III. London 1913, 45–50.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 120.