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St Edith, Eaton-under-Heywood, Shropshire

(52°30′20″N, 2°44′22″W)
SO 499 900
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Edith
now St Edith
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
31 Jul 2000 (BZ), 13 June 2023 (RB)

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Eaton-under-Heywood is a small village under Wenlock Edge in the Shropshire Hills. The nearest town of any size is Church Stretton, 4 miles to the NW. St Edith's stands at the end of the lane from the larger village of Ticklerton, alongside the manor site.

St Edith's has a long nave and chancel in one with a tower at the E end of the nave on the S side. The church slopes up steeply from W to E and the chancel is marked by a step but no chancel arch. The nave is 12thc., with two plain Norman windows on the N side and one on the S, and a partially blocked up N doorway and a plain S doorway. The chancel is 13thc in its details but with E windows dating from the restoration of 1869. There is a vestry on the N side of the chancel. The tower dates from c.1200, with a pointed tower arch, very plain, but carved capitals in the bell-openings. The bell opening on the N face of the tower cannot be seen from the ground. There is also a 12thc font. Romanesque features recorded here are the N doorway, the tower bell-openngs and the font.


Eaton under Haywood is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but according to Eyton it was originally included in the ten hides held by the Priory of St Milburgh at Wenlock, held by Tichelevorde (now Ticklerton). No mention of the Manor of Eaton appears before 1255, when Eaton and its appurtenances were returned by the Jurors of Wenlock Liberty as the Manor of the Lord Prior. The appurtenances were Harton, Ticklerton, Longville, and Lushcote, and together they made a manor of 8 hides and a half.


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches




Pevsner (1958) dates the N doorway to the 13thc, an opinion repeated in Newman and Pevsner (2006). A late-12thc date is, however, possible. Likewise the tower must be dated c.1200. The font is earlier than any of these, and must be dated in the 12thc.


D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire...: illustrated from photographs by M. J. Harding; with ground plans of the most important churches drawn by W. A. Webb, 2 vols, Wellington: Hobson & Co., 1901-12, Vol. I, pt. 3, 194-6.

R. W Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London: J. R. Smith, 1859, Vol. III, 311-15.

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 483724

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 256-8.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 124-5.

E. Stokes, St Edith's Church, Eaton-under-Haywood, n.d.