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St Catherine, Tugford, Shropshire

(52°28′44″N, 2°39′13″W)
SO 557 870
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
16 Aug 1998

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Feature Sets

Unaisled 12thc nave with a plain 12thc N doorway. Late 12thc. S doorway decorated with sculpture. The chancel is 13thc., but with earlier blocked up Priest's Doorway with carved tympanum on S side. 13thc tower and some c.1300 recesses set into chancel wall; three on N, one on S.


Tugford was recorded in the Domesday Book as a quite large settlement of 22 households. About 1138 the bishop of Hereford ordered Tugford and Baucott chapels to be counted as one ('pro una capella computari') and no later reference to Baucott chapel is known. The abbot of Shrewsbury conveyed the advowson of Tugford to the bishop of Hereford in 1283, and the living was a rectory in 1291, when the church was valued at £5. 8s. 8d.


Exterior Features



The hyphenated lozenges in the second order of the S doorway are reminiscent of those occurring at Lilleshall Abbey and St Mary, Shrewsbury. The label was probably removed as these two heads have protruding part of roll-moulding. Stone bearing lozenge pattern at the apex of the S doorway might have been reset.
The tendrils on the tympanum resemble those on the tympanum of the N doorway at Uppington.


R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London 1859, vol. 4, 79-85.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 305.