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St Andrew, Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire

(52°15′52″N, 2°24′36″W)
Shelsley Walsh
SO 721 630
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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The church, built of tufa with sandstone dressings and of ashlar inside and out, comprises a 12thc. nave and a 13thc. chancel, both without aisles. Romanesque sculpture is found in the N doorway of the nave. The church also contains a plain font, of uncertain date.


Osbern FitzRichard held Shelsey in 1086, and it became part of the honour of his castle. Before the Conquest it had been held by a certain Simon, under grant from the monks of Worcester. Shelsey received its second name from the family of John Walshe, who held land there in 1211-12. The advowson is first mentioned in 1287. St Andrew's may have been a chapel of Clifton-on-Teme.


Exterior Features





The frontal chevron suggests that the doorway dates from the second half of the 12thc.; Stratford dates similar chevron at Rochford toc.1150 (in Pevsner 1968, 252).

C. J. Bond, 'Church and Parish in Norman Worcestershire' in J. Blair (ed.) Minsters and Parish Churches: The Local Church in Transition 950-1200. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 17. Oxford 1988, 119-58, 134, 142, 154-55.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 46, 260.
  1. M. Thurlby, 'Observations on Romanesque Church Architecture and Sculpture in Worcestershire’, Transactions of The Worcestershire Archaeological Society, 3 ser. 28 (2022), 73-121.

Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire,vol. 4, London 1924) 254, 335-37.