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St Lawrence, Shotteswell, Warwickshire

(52°6′25″N, 1°22′40″W)
SP 427 456
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
  • Harry Bodenham

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A small church with chancel, nave, N and S aisles, a small sacristy entered from N aisle, W tower with spire and N, S and W doorways. The N arcade is 12thc. and a plain font may also date from this period. The Church is built of local liassic ironstone, probably from Hornton quarries nearby.


When Henry de Newburgh, Earl of Warwick, gave the vill of Warmington to the Abbey of Preaux, his gift included the advowson of that church. The question of whether this included the church at Shotteswell led Sir Robert Wordard in 1221 to bring action against the Abbot, claiming the right of presentation. Abbot Thomas acknowledged his right to the advowson.


Interior Features






The carving at Shotteswell closely resembles that of the N arcade at Warmington. The capitals are almost identical in shape, size and detail, and the cylindrical shafts are also set upon square plinths. It is possible that these operations were carried out simultaneously in the mid 12thc. The churches lie 2.5km. apart.

VCH 5:150-153
Pevsner, 397
Clifton-Taylor "The Pattern of English Building" (building stone) , 30, 31, 88, 91, 92