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Lower Sapey, Worcestershire

(52°14′17″N, 2°26′31″W)
Lower Sapey
SO 699 601
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Of red sandstone rubble, plastered within and without, with tufa dressings. The church is now derelict, although it was scheduled as an ancient monument in 1946. It comprises a 12thc. nave and chancel, both without aisles, and a timber S porch. Romanesque sculpture is found in the S doorway. The plain font is now in the new church, built in 1877 and one mile away.


In 1086, three hides at Sapey were held by Osbern Fitz Richard; the overlordship of the manor passed to his descendants. There was a priest here in 1086. Lower Sapey was originally a chapelry of Clifton-upon-Teme.


Exterior Features





The VCH dates the church to the early 12thc., and the S doorway toc.1150. In 1991, the Church Commissioners suggested that the church be vested in the Redundant Churches Fund.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.I. London 1901, 313; Vol. IV, (London 1924), 328–331, 330–331.
G. Evans, Notes on the Old Church of St Bartholomew, Lower Sapey (1947).
Lower Sapey Church. Report to the Archdeacon of Worcester. West Mercian Archaeological Consultants Ltd, 1991.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 217.