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Holy Trinity, Belbroughton, Worcestershire

Location
(52°23′20″N, 2°7′18″W)
Belbroughton
SO 918 768
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets
Description

The plain round-headed S doorway is now largely renewed but includes some 12thc. mouldings. Various carved fragments at the rectory mentioned in the VCH (1913, 3: 17) have now disappeared, but two are recorded in photographs.

History

There was a church and a priest at Belbroughton in 1086, when the manor was held by the Countess Godiva. It was subsequently held by the Beauchamp family, apparently passing to Ralph de Sudeley in the reign of Henry II after his marriage to Emma, daughter of William de Beauchamp. The advowsen descended with the manor untilc.1592.

Features

Loose Sculpture

Comments/Opinions

The Belbroughton History Society and the County Archaeological Service have both failed to locate the carved fragments at the rectory mentioned in the VCH; the house is now in private hands. The Society holds a photocopy of a photograph showing two animal carvings, which appear to be Romanesque. The original photograph was sent to Nikolaus Pevsner by Dr Pell-Walpole in the 1950s but never returned; if it comes to light the Society would like a copy.

Two of the carved fragments recorded at the rectory but now lost are illustrated in the VCH (III, pl. opposite p.20).

Bibliography
The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III, London 1913, 13-18, 17-18.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire, Harmondsworth 1968, 77-78.