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St Swithun, Clunbury, Shropshire

(52°25′11″N, 2°55′34″W)
SO 371 806
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
31 August 1998

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Clunbury is a small village in the SW of the county, on the edge of the Black Mountains., just 5 miles from the Welsh border. The village consists of a few houses and the church clustered around a crossroads at the foot of Clunbury Hill. The church is single-aisled, with a 12th. nave containing a 12thc. S doorway with carved capitals. There are remains of a second doorway further E: L jamb survives. There are two round-headed narrow windows on N and S sides of nave. A plain W doorway links nave and tower, with a plain, round-headed window above. The tower base is late 12thc., the upper levels later. The chancel has a round-headed 12thc. window on N side, now largely 19thc. A 12thc. font is situated at W end of nave L of the S doorway.


According to the DB, the manor of Clunbury was held by Robert of Say, baron of Clun. The parish of Clunbury was originally dependent on Clun. c.1190 Isabella of Say gave Clunbury parish, together with St George's, Clun, to Much Wenlock Priory. Clunbury had become a separate parish by 1340.


Exterior Features





The remains of a doorway E of the present S doorway suggest that the nave was lengthened and the S doorway replaces an earlier one.


Anon, St Swithun's church, Clunbury, n.d.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 257560.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 225.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 109-10.