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St Andrew, Wroxeter, Shropshire

(52°40′14″N, 2°37′58″W)
SJ 573 083
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
03 Jan 1999 (BZ), 11 May 2017 (RB)

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Wroxeter is a village 5 niles SE of Shrewsbury on the River Severn, best known for the Roman city on the N side of the modern village. The church is in the centre of the village, on the E bank of the river. It consists of a chancel that is Anglo-Saxon in orgin (see N wall) but largely late-12thc, with an 18thc S vestry, a 12thc unaisled nave, wider on the S side than the N, a 19thc S porch and a W tower. According to Pevsner (1958) there was a S nave arcade that was removed. The aisle must date to c.1300 (see S nave windows), and the aisle removed and the S wall rebuilt in 1763. The font is of interest, being formed of the base of a Roman column, and a photograph is included. The church was closed on 1980, and came under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust in 1987.

Romanesque features recorded here are the S chancel doorway, now blocked; the chancel arch; the tower arch, and two animal reliefs in the exterior S nave wall.


Wroxeter was held by Thorth in 1066 and by Sheriff Reginald in 1086. It was assessed at 1 hide. The church is mentioned in the Domesday Survey as being part of a collegiate establishment with four priests. In 1347, the church was given to Haughmond Abbey.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

String courses

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches
Tower/Transept arches

The series of interlocking flowers on the label of the priest's doorway resemble those on the label of the processional doorway at Haughmond Abbey. The two animal reliefs on the S wall of the nave appear to be of a 12thc. date. 13thc. relief sculptures, apparently from Haughmond Abbey are reset on the exterior of the tower


C. Moffett, `Archaeological Investigations at the Anglo-Saxon Church of St Andrew, Wroxeter', Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society LXVI (1989), 1-14.

C. Moffett et al, St. Andrew's Church, Wroxeter, Shropshire, booklet, Churches Conservation Trust, London, 1998.

N. Pevsner, 1958, 327-28.