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Holy Trinity, Wistanstow, Shropshire

(52°27′52″N, 2°50′20″W)
SO 431 855
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Barbara Zeitler
31 Aug 1998

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Single-aisled, cruciform church c. 1200. Arches of crossing pointed, nave windows pointed. Blocked-up round-headed window on N wall of nave. Round-headed windows in N transept on W and E sides. Remaining windows: late 13thc and 14thc. On the exterior of the N wall of the nave, towards the W end, there is a blocked up door with a plain pointed arch. Late 12thc doorway with sculptural decoration on S side of chancel. 12thc font at W end of nave.


The Domesday Book says that the lord in 1066 was Spirtes the priest, with the overlord Overlord the canons of St Alkmund, Shrewbury. By 1086 the lord was Nigel the doctor. The assessed vicarage in the 1291 Taxatio suggests that there may have been an individual vicar at this time; if so, he must have been acting in place of the individual rector, though the record of proceedings against the rector in 1288 for irregularities suggests disapproval of his unwillingness to serve the church. The church was assessed at £18. 6s. 8d.


Exterior Features





Pevsner suggests that the chancel doorway is reset.


L. Garner, Churches of Shropshire, Shrewsbury 1994, 138-40.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, London 1958, 320-21.