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Holy Trinity, Uppington, Shropshire

(52°40′54″N, 2°35′35″W)
SJ 600 095
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
02 January 1999 (BZ), 11 May 2017 (RB)

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Uppington is a village 7 miles E of Shrewsbury and 5 miles W of Telford, on the S side of the A5 trunk road. The church stands at the W end of the village, and consists of a chancel, a nave with a 17thc S porch and a W tower. The N nave doorway suggests a late-11thc date for the nave, and the chancel arch and a N window point to a 12thc date for the chancel. The W tower was built in a late-14thc style as part of the extensive 1885 restoration by J. P. Pritchard of Darlington, which included the lenthening of the nave and the heightening of the chancel arch. Romanesque features recorded here are the N nave doorway and the chancel arch with carvings on the imposts.


Uppington was held by Godwine in 1066 and by Gerard from Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury in 1086. It was assessed at 2 hides and also included woodland a league long.

Following Eyton, Gerard was Gerard de Tornai whose widow, Sibil de Tornai married Hamo Peverel who succeded to Gerard's estates and held them during the reign of Henry I. He died c.1138 leaving as heirs his nephew William Peverel and Walcheline Maminot, who gave Uppington to the monks of Shrewsbury in an exchange for Crudgington. This questionable deal was eventually reversed by Henry II, who returned Crudgington to the Abbey and (in the absence of an heir of Gerard de Tornai) retained Uppington for the crown. Henry gave the manor to his servant Roger Mussun, who granted the chapel to the Canons of Wombridge Priory in the late-1180s.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The third stone of the N impost of the chancel arch, is probably a Victorian restoration. The S face of the N impost also appears to have been recut in the 19thc.
The tendrils shown on the N face of the S impost of the chancel arch resemble the tendrils depicted on the tympanum of the N doorway.


D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, 10 vols, 1894-1912, Vol.7 (1905), 625-6

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, volume 8, 151-94.

Historic England Listed Building 417398

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 306.