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St Michael, Silvington, Shropshire

(52°24′53″N, 2°33′31″W)
SO 621 798
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
30 Jul 2000

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The tiny rural hamlet of Silvington is 4 miles NW of Cleobury Mortimer. Its small unaisled church has a 13thc tower and a Transitional tower arch with sculptural decoration. The nave is 12thc to early 13thc; the chancel and chancel arch are 13thc. The windows have 14thc tracery.

The 12thc Romanesque features are the S doorway; the blocked N doorway, the tower arch and the font below it, and one loose capital.


In Domesday Book the land at Silvington was valued at £0.5. The tenant-in-chief remained the abbey of Saint-Rémi in Rheims. Earl Aelfgar had gifted Silvington to that abbey in the mid-11thc along with other lands in Staffordshire. There is no mention of a church in DB, but in the early 12thc a cleric named Aluric and his family rented Silvington from Saint-Rémi. (Eyton 1857, 380)


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches



Loose Sculpture


Both Cranage and Pevsner state that the church is dedicated to St Nicholas.

It is uncertain whether the grey sandstone sections that form the top sections of the nook shafts on the S doorway are original. There are remains of concrete on the L nook shaft. The scallop capital on the S doorway appears to be original.

The decoration on the L capital of the 1st order of the tower arch resembles some of the decoration on the capitals at Shawbury.

The original location of the loose capital is unclear. (Fieldworker)


D. H. S. Cranage, An architectural account of the churches of Shropshire, vol. I, pt. 3, Wellington 1901, 253-4.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, vol. IV, London 1857, 378-83.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 289-90.