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St Michael and All Angels, Smethcott, Shropshire

(52°35′25″N, 2°48′47″W)
SO 450 995
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
28 Jul 2000

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Feature Sets

Single-aisled church largely rebuilt in the 19thc. Blocked 12thc N doorway in the nave. Small plain Norman window in the N wall of the chancel. 12thc Priest's Doorway. 12thc font at the W end of the nave. There are fragments of sculpture immured in the exterior of the nave and the chancel.


The medieval church belonged to a castle, and the remains of a motte and a bailey castle survive to the W of the church. The castle ceased to be a residence of the lords of the manor after c. 1272 when it passed to the Burnell family of Acton Burnell. In 1315 no manorial buildings remained. Excavations carried out in the grounds of the castle in the 1950s produced 13thc pottery. (Information from leaflet in church).

Church records contain a reference to Roger Clericus who was resident in Smethcott in 1262. The church was rebuilt in 1850.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration




The suggestion has been made that Smethcott was a chapelry of Condover ( information provided on panel in church).


D. H. S. Cranage, An architectural account of the churches of Shropshire, vol. II, pt. 6, Wellington, 1894-1906, 508.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, vol. VI, London 1858, 250-55.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 597.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Shropshire, London 1958, 290.