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St John the Baptist, Eldersfield, Worcestershire

(51°58′44″N, 2°17′38″W)
SO 799 312
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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The church is of rubble masonry with grey tiled roofs to the chancel and nave. Nave with N aisle, chancel, S chapel and W tower with spire. Restoration in 1876. 12thc. sculpture survives on the chancel arch and around the existing S doorway.


Eldersfield is probably to be identified with the five hides in the manor of Longdon, formerly held by Reinbald the Chancellor, held in 1086 by King William. The manor passed to Robert Earl of Gloucester (1120-47),who gave it to William de Berkely as one knight's fee. William de Berkely was nephew of Roger de Berkeley who held Coberley in Gloucestershire in 1086. The church of Eldersfield was originally a chapelry subject to the mother church of Longdon and in the patronage of the Folliot family.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The stepped forms on the scallop capitals may be related to what seem to be experiments in this direction at nearby Pendock (qv). A datec.1180 seems reasonable. The continuation of the quarter-shafts into the chancel arch, if faithful to the original, is subtle and sophisticated. The decoration of the S doorway capital has been compared to carving at Beckford (Stratford in Pevsner, 1968, 141).

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV. London 1924, 76-83, 80-82.
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, 150.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 46, 141.
J Suttle, A Short History of Eldersfield and its Church (Guide book)