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St James, Greete, Shropshire

(52°20′4″N, 2°37′19″W)
SO 577 709
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler

6 November 1999

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Greete is a village in the extreme S of Shropshire, 5 miles SE of Ludlow and only half a mile from the Herefordshire border. It consists of a few houses clustered around a crossing of minor roads, with the church at the end of one of the E arm, a cul-de-sac. It is a rubble church with ashlar dressings, partly rendered and consists of a single-aisled nave with a W bellcote and a S porch, and a chancel. The fabric is 12thc and 13thc with some 14thc windows added on the S side of the nave. According to Pevsner, the S doorway was restored in 1856.The Romanesque feature is the S nave doorway.


Greete is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but was possibly included with Burford; a larger manor held by Osbern fitzRichard in 1086. By 1255 Greete was held by Peter of Greete, who also held Plaish in Cardington (VCH, X, 22-44).


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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, pt 3, 244-5.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 483940.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 275-6.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 134.

VCH, Victoria County History: Shropshire, X, London 1998, 22-44.