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St Augustine, Dodderhill, Worcestershire

(52°16′16″N, 2°8′42″W)
SO 902 637
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

The present church comprises a 14thc. chancel, the N wall of which is clad in brick, a massive sandstone tower of 1708 on the site of the S transept, which replaced a crossing tower said to have been demolished in the 17thc., and a N transept rebuilt in brick in the 19thc.; the original nave has disappeared and the crossing now serves this function. Restorations were begun in 1845. Romanesque sculpture is found in the chancel and crossing arches.


In 1086, Wychbold, the main manor, was held by Osbern Fitz Richard; before the Conquest it seems to have been claimed by Earl Godwin, and in 692 it had been granted by King Ethelred to Worcester priory. (Dodderhill is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey.) Osbern granted the advowson to the priory of Worcester, and his gift was confirmed by Bishop Samson (1096-1112). The church was granted to the nuns of Westwoodc.1158, but returned to the monks of Worcester in 1178. It was dedicated in 1220 (VCH).


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches
Tower/Transept arches

Pevsner dates the work to the late 12thc., or to the early 13thc. According to the VCH, parts of the crossing arches have been renewed, possibly in the late 17thc., when the crossing tower was removed.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III (London 1913), 58-67, 65-67.
'The Local Church in Transition 950–1200', ed J. Blair, Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 17 (Oxford 1988), 119-58, 151.
C. J. Bond, 'Church and Parish in Norman Worcestershire' in Minsters and Parish Churches.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 47, 131-32.