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St Lawrence, Wichenford, Worcestershire

(52°14′19″N, 2°18′53″W)
SO 786 601
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

Built in red sandstone with nave, chancel, W tower of 14thc. with 19thc. spire. S porch. Fragments of sculpture indicating an earlier church of 11thc. date, are preserved loose in the nave and chancel.


The chapel of Wichenford, which was one of eleven attached pre-Conquest to the church of St Helen, Worcester, was granted by the monks after the death of Bishop Wulfstan (1095) to Fritheric the priest of St Helen's, who was to make provision for them during his lifetime. After his death all the possessions which he held in trust for the monks were to return to the prior and convent. The manor of Wichenford was no doubt included at the time of DS in that of Wick Escopi belonging to the see of Worcester.


Loose Sculpture


The workshop connection with the N doorway at Rock is certain (Stratford in Pevsner, 288).

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol. 3. London 1913, 562-66.
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, 120, 130, 132.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 288.