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St Mary, Elton, Herefordshire

(52°20′3″N, 2°47′48″W)
SO 458 710
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
10 July 2012

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Elton is a hamlet on the Wigmore to Ludlow road in the hilly woodland of the Hereford/Shropshire borders, 4 miles SW of Ludlow. The church is of local sandstone rubble, and stands near Elton Hall. It has a nave and chancel in one with a S porch and a double bellcote over the W gable. The building is 12thc in origin but was much rebuilt by William Martin in 1876. The only original Romanesque features are S nave and chancel doorways, a reset N chancel window which is completely plain and thus represented here only by a photograph, and a plain font.


Elton was held by Eadric in 1066 and by Ralph de Mortimer in 1086. It was assessed at 2 hides.


Exterior Features





The Romanesque features contain nothing that is diagnostic of date, although the narrow proportions of the doorways, the plain imposts of the S nave doorway, and the lack of any chamfers all suggest a date in the 1st half of the 12thc.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 227

Historic England Listed building 150208

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 127.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 56-57.