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St Giles, Farlow, Shropshire

(52°25′23″N, 2°31′56″W)
SO 639 807
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
30 July 2000 (BZ), 12 June 2023 (RB)

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Farlow is a small village in the south of the county, 8 miles NE of Ludlow and about 14 miles W of Kidderminster in neighbouring Worcestershire. The present building was constructed in 1857-8 by Robert Griffiths in yellow sandstone but, according to Cranage (1901-12), the church at Farlow was originally a chapel of Stottesdon. It consists of a single-aisled structure with a N vestry and a S porch. The only Romanesque features are the reset 12thc S doorway and a plain font from the old church.


In 1086 Farlow was held by Widard. The manor belonged to Leominster, the king's manor in Herefordshire and was assessed at 1 hide and 3 virgates. The earliest Lord of Farlow known to Eyton was Philip de Farlow, otherwise called Philip de Lindley, who was involved in court cases in 1194 and the early 13thc.


Exterior Features



Point-to-point chevron is not common in Shropshire. The finest is at Lilleshall, but it is all more inventive than this simple form.


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 1901-12, vol. I, pt. 4, 303.

R. W Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London 1859, vol. IV, 191-2.

Historic England Listed Building English Heritage Legacy ID: 254711

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, London, 2006, 268-9.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 130.