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St Mary the Virgin, Hordley, Shropshire

(52°52′15″N, 2°55′15″W)
SJ 381 308
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
13 April 2001 (BZ), 23 August 2023 (RB)

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Feature Sets

Hordley is a small village about four miles SW of Ellesmere and is centred on the church, a farm and a B and B which stand together on a bend in the lane running S out of Ellesmere. The church is a 12thc building of coursed and dressed red sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings; it consists of a single-aisled structure with a nave and chancel in one, and a S porch and a NE vestry added in the 19thc. The nave has a timber-framed W gable with a pyramid topped bellcote, probably added in the 15thc according to Newman. The building was restored in 1880. The only Romanesque feature is the blocked 12thc N doorway.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 the manor of 'Hordelei' was held by Algar and Dunning; in 1086 its lordship passed to Odo of Bernieres. Odo granted the manor to Shrewsbury Abbey within 8 years of the Domesday Survey, confirmed by Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury. The manor was held from the abbey by Einion de Hordeley who died in 1214 leaving 2 daughters by his first wife and a son by his second.

The church was apparently a chapel of Baschurch in the medieval period.


Exterior Features



Newman and Pevsner make no mention of the enigmatic label stop heads, although they are noted in the list description.


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, Wellington 1901-12, vol. II, pt. 9, 758.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, vol. 10, London 1860, 122-4.

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 260874

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire New Haven and London 2006, 310.

N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 154.