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St Mary, Shawbury, Shropshire

(52°47′18″N, 2°39′24″W)
SJ 558 214
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
24 Mar 1999

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Shawbury is a village in central Shropshire on the W bank of the River Roden, 6 miles NE of Shrewsbury, at a junction on the A53 road to Market Drayton. The church stands at the S end of the village It dates from the mid 12thc and is of local Grinshill ashlar. It consists of a 12thc nave and S aisle, a N aisle that was rebuilt in the late 15th/16thc, a 13thc and later chancel, a N chancel chapel, a late-medieval W tower of two stages, and a late 17th/18thc N porch.The church was restored in the 19thc. Surviving Romanesque features are the N and S doorways, a round-headed 12thc window in the S aisle wall, the capitals of N and S nave arcades and the font. The chancel arch is Transitional.


Shawbury was held by Eadric and Algeat as two manors before the Conquest, and by Gerard, from Earl Roger of Montgomery in 1086. The manor was assessed at 1½ hides, with a church and a priest at Shawbury and a mill. Between 1149 and 1159 the church was granted to Haughmond Abbey.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches






The inverted mushroom shape on the shields of the capital of pier 2 in the N arcade is similar to the shape occurring on the imposts of the tower arch at Linley.
The faces on the capital of the E respond pier of the S arcade resemble the faces on some of the capitals of the S doorway at Edstaston. In both cases, they were recut in the 19thc.
The trumpet-shaped flowers on the S doorway resemble those on the label of the S doorway at St Mary, Shrewsbury.

The font belongs to the same group as Edgmond and Lilleshall within the county and Church Eaton and Bradley in Staffordshire.


Anon, 'Welcome to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Shawbury', church guide, n.d.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London 1854-60, vol. 8, 132-51.

John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner,The Buildings of England, Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 498-99.

Victoria County History, A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2, ed. A T Gaydon and R B Pugh, (London, 1973), pp. 62-70. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/salop/vol2/pp62-70 [accessed 25 January 2017].