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St Leonard, Cotheridge, Worcestershire

(52°11′24″N, 2°18′46″W)
SO 787 547
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

Probably built of sandstone, but now plastered within and without, and whitened. Aisleless nave and chancel of the 12thc., with a brick chapel ofc.1620 on the N side of the chancel and a S tower built of timber. Romanesque sculpture is found in the chancel arch.


In 1086 Osbern Fitz Richard held a hide at Cotheridge of the Bishop of Worcester's manor of Wick Episcopi. Cotheridge followed the descent of Wychbold from 1086 until 1460. Osbert Fitz Hugh and his mother Eustacia de Say gave the church of Cotheridge to the nuns of Westwood; their grant was confirmed by Henry I and subsequent kings.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The chancel arch may date from the later 12thc.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV (London 1924), 258-259.
C. J. Bond, 'Church and Parish in Norman Worcestershire' in J. Blair (ed.) Minsters and Parish Churches: The Local Church in Transition 950-1200. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 17. Oxford 1988, 119-58, 142, 144.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire, (Harmondsworth 1968), 124.