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St Denys, Severn Stoke, Worcestershire

(52°5′38″N, 2°12′41″W)
Severn Stoke
SO 856 440
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
medieval St Denys
now St Denys
  • G. L. Pearson

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Built of grey, rubble masonry throughout, the church comprises a nave with S aisle and porch, a transept on the S side of the church, a tower on the N, and a chancel. There are Romanesque carved fragments set into the chancel walls both inside and out, and reset into a niche on the N side of the nave; the niche has an arched head composed of plain reset voussoirs and contains loose fragments.


In 1086, the land formed part of the manor of Pershore, which Edward the Confessor had given to Westminster Abbey. One priest is recorded at Severn Stoke in the Domesday Survey. It was held by Alvred, in 1166 by the king, and in 1167-8 by Walter Beauchamp, who subsequently forfeited it, probably before 1170. Richard I gave Severn Stoke to Baldwin de Betun, Earl of Albemarle.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


Loose Sculpture


The church guide states that the plain voussoirs of the niche and the loose fragments within it came from the original doorway, but the shaft has a flat back, which might suggest that it comes from a blind arcade.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV, London 1924, 192-97.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 259.
Revd R. C. Toogood, Guide to St Denys Church, Severn Stoke, (nd).