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St John the Baptist, White Ladies Aston, Worcestershire

(52°10′21″N, 2°6′55″W)
White Ladies Aston
SO 922 527
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson
  • Rose Walker
17 March 2018

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Built of rubble masonry, plastered. The church comprises a 12thc nave and chancel, and a tall weather-boarded bell tower, which stands on heavy timbers inside the nave and is unlikely to have been built after it. In 1861 the W wall of the nave was rebuilt and a N aisle and vestry added. There are a plain round-headed S doorway and a plain font, the latter of uncertain date.


By the time of Domesday the manor of Aston formed part of the manor of Northwick and was probably given to the bishop of Worcester. Part of the manor of Aston was held by the sheriff, Urse d'Abitot. It was given to Robert de Evercy by Bishop Theulf (1113-23). Robert de Evercy held it in 1166, and the advowson may also have been granted to him, because in 1204 the same Robert or a descendant sought confirmation of his right to it. The part of Aston known as White Ladies Aston was named after the Cistercian priory of Whitstones, to the N of Worcester, which held the manor from the mid-13thc. to the Dissolution.


Exterior Features





The date of the font is uncertain; it could be of the same period as the church, or possibly 13thc.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, New Haven and London 2007, 656.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 288.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol. 3. London 1913, 557-61, 560.