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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
13 April 2001

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Hordley is a small village about four miles SW 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, a chancel, and a S porch and NE vestry added in the 19thc. The building was restored in 1880. The only Romanesque feature is the blocked-up 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 BerniËres. Hugh, Earl of Shrewsbury, granted it to Shrewsbury Abbey between 1086 and 1098.


Exterior Features



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.

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