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St Giles, Little Malvern, Worcestershire

(52°3′41″N, 2°20′12″W)
Little Malvern
SO 770 404
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Little remains of the 12thc. church, which was rebuilt in 1480-82. The present building comprises a medieval chancel and crossing tower, and a modern W porch on the site of the E bays of the nave; the transepts and the two chapels flanking the choir are in ruins. Romanesque sculpture is found on a respond just outside the modern doorway leading into the porch, on its N side, on a fragment set into the N wall inside the church and on a loose capital on a window ledge. There is also a plain double-handled piscina or stoup inside the church, of uncertain date.


The Benedictine priory of Little Malvern was founded from Worcester, in 1171 (VCH). It was a small monastery, with only some 10 to 12 monks.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


Loose Sculpture


The respond could have come from an aisle doorway, and the fragment set into the N wall from a string course.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.II. London 1906, 143-47; vol.III, London 1913, 450-53, 451-52.
N.Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 214.
Little Malvern Priory guide.