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All Saints, Preston Bagot, Warwickshire

(52°17′33″N, 1°44′41″W)
Preston Bagot
SP 175 661
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
medieval Worcester
now Coventry
  • Harry Sunley
  • Ron Baxter
8 October 1995

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Feature Sets

Preston Bagot is a small, dispersed village in the Stratford district of Warwickshire, 6 miles W of Warwick. The church is on the N side of the settlement and is built of grey limestone rubble. It consists of a nave with a W bell turret and S porch, and a chancel with a N vestry. The nave and chancel are largely 12thc, but the church was restored by J. A. Chatwin who lengthened the chancel, added the chancel arch, heightened the walls and added the timber bell-turret in 1878-79. The N nave wall retains its doorway and 3 plain lancets, all of the 12thc. The S doorway is also recorded here.


Before the Conquest there were 2 manors of 5 hides in Preston Bagot; one held by Thorbiorn and the other by Beorthnoth. By 1086 both were held by Robert de Beaumont, Count of Meulan: Thorbiorn's in demesne and Beorthnoth's by Hugh from Robert. Beorthnoth's manor was to become the manor of Beaudesert, and it is Thorbiorn's with which we are concerned here.

This, and the overlordship, passed to Count Robert's younger brother Henry who became 1st Earl of Warwick in 1088, and the manor stayed in the hands of the Earls of Warwick until c.1170 when William, the 3rd Earl, gave it to Ingeram Bagot. It is from this family that the village takes its name.


Exterior Features



The 2 plain doorways differ only in their proportions (the S is squarer), and the use of chamfering (only the S is chamfered).


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 482519

  1. Pevsner and A. Wedgwood, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire,Harmondsworth 1966 (1981 ed.), 374.
  1. Pickford and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, New Haven and London 2016,509-10.

Victoria County History: Warwickshire, III (1945), 141-48.