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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
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
6 November 1999 (BZ), 12 June 2023 (RB)

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Feature Sets

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).


Exterior Features



The S doorway is certainly original although the capitals are either replaced or enthusiastically cleaned, There is neither trace nor record of any decoration on the tympanum.


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.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol. 4, 334-38.

Historic England Listed Building English Heritage Legacy ID: 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.