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St Peter's Chapel, Woodcote, Shropshire

(52°44′8″N, 2°20′47″W)
SJ 767 154
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
24 Jun 1999 (BZ), 12 June 2023 (RB)

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Feature Sets

Woodcote is a village of a few houses and farm buildings, 2 miles S of Newport in the NE of the county, close to the Staffordshire border. The main building in the village is Woodcote Hall, originally the seat of the Cotes family. The hall was rebuilt for Charles Cecil Cotes in 1875 by F. P. Cockerell after a fire destroyed the earlier building, and it is now a residential care home. The church stands in its grounds, some 50 metres S of the hall and was made redundant in 2003. It is a small sandstone ashlar chapel with a tiled roof with gabled ends, coved eaves and an open bell turret on the W gable. The single cell building has nave and chancel in one. It was restored in 1883-84 when a N vestry was added and the E wall rebuilt. The only Romanesque feature is the late-12thc S doorway.


In 1086 Woodcote was held by Toki from Robert FitzTheobald, who in turn held it from Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury. It was assessed at 3 hides. FitzTheobald's seigneury passed to Josceline de Louvain and thence to the House of Percy. In the 12thc Percy's tenants here were Richard, then Robert de Woodcote. The chapel was subject to the mother church at Sheriffhales.


Exterior Features



The tall capitals with flat leaves or volutes suggest a date in the 1180s. The spiral-shaped label stops are similar to those found at Child's Ercall and the reset label stop on the S transept face at Shifnal


R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol. 9, 11-16.

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 362474

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire New Haven and London 2006, 708.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 322.