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St Michael, Rochford, Worcestershire

(52°18′49″N, 2°27′11″W)
SO 692 685
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Hereford
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Built of red sandstone ashlar, the church has a 12thc. nave and chancel, both without aisles. The timber bell-turret with spire and the W end of the nave are modern. Romanesque sculpture is found in the blocked N doorway of the nave and in the chancel arch.


In 1086, there were two manors at Rochford, one held by Durand of Gloucester and his nephew Walter, the other by Drew Fitz Ponz. The two were subsequently united and held by the lords of Clifford, who gave the manor to Lucy and Hugh de Say (diedc.1190). The parish was transferred from Herefordshire in 1837. Before 1843, Rochford was a chapel of Tenbury.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The Tree of Life also appears on tympana at High Ercall and Linely in Shropshire, and Dymock and Kempley in Gloucestershire (Stratford in Pevsner 1968, 252). Pevsner dates the work toc.1150. Both the N doorway and the chancel arch bear chevron frontal to the face; according to Stratford, this is the earliest example of the motif in Worcestershire. Doorways set in a projecting bay occur in a number of churches in the county (see 'Preface to Worcestershire').

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol. 4. London 1924, 317-19.
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, 149, 150, 154.
C.E.Keyser, Norman Tympana and Lintels. London 1904, 34, 39, fig. 30.
N.Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 16, 45, 46, 251-52.