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St Mary, Habberley, Shropshire

(52°37′36″N, 2°53′21″W)
SJ 399 036
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
23 August 1999 (BZ), 19 March 2024 (RB)

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Feature Sets

Habberley is a village centred on a minor crossroads in the Shropshire Hills, 8 miles SW of Shrewsbury. The church has a nave and chancel in one
with a double bellcote at over the W gable and a lean-to vestry (former north chancel chapel) at the NE corner of the chancel. It is largely 19thc, but has 12thc S and N doorways and a 12thc font (recut in the 18thc).


Habberley is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, and is assumed to have been recorded under Worthen, a very large manor assessed at 14½ hides, with 13 Berewicks. In 1086 Worthern was held by Roger fitzCorbet from Roger Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his sub-tenants included Picot, Reinfrid, Geoffrey and Grento. In 1240 the manor of Habberley ws held by Thomas Corbet of Caus. The church was formerly a chapelry of Worthern, but became an independent parish church in the 12thc.


Exterior Features



The only feature of interest is the construction of the N doorway with a monolithic linel of irregular form with a pseudo -tympanum cut into it.


Anon, St Mary's Church, Habberley, n.d.

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 6, 528-9.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 259488.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 277-8.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 135.

VCH, Victoria County History: Shropshire, VIII, London 1968, 243-44.