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St Swithin, Quinton, Warwickshire

(52°7′18″N, 1°43′57″W)
SP 184 471
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • Harry Bodenham

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Church consisting of nave with early 12thc. S arcade of two bays and late 12thc. N arcade of three bays. 13thc. chancel, N and S aisles and tower with 15thc. spire. N porch and late 12thc. font near N doorway.


The nuns of Polesworth in N Warwickshire, of whom St Editha was Abbess in the 9thc., received a grant of an estate in what is now Quinton. They were to be deprived of their rights during the Norman Conquest when King William gave it to one of his knights, Sir Robert Marmion. Later, Sir Robert's son, also Robert, made partial restitution, and Atkyns, in his history of Gloucester in 1712, tells us that in 1138-39 the right of presentation to the living of Quinton was granted to the nuns of Polesworth. The church was to remain monastic until the Dissolution in 1537 when the advowson passed to the Dean and chapter of Worcester. The brother of St.Editha ( Ethelwulf, who became king of Wessex ) had been tutored as a child by St Swithun, bishop of Winchester, hence the dedication of the church. (Swithin is the more modern spelling adopted locally.) See also entry on St Editha, Polesworth, Warwickshire.


Interior Features






The lower third of the bowl and upper two thirds of the pedestal are badly affected by green mould or moss, greatly marring its appearance. Possibly a leaking lead lining. There are compass-drawn intersecting circles forming six-petalled rosettes in the lead lining (see Perkins 2022).


W. Perkins, Return to the Source, Online at https://ritualprotectionmarks.com/2022/11/15/return-to-the-source/

N. Pevsner and A. Wedgewood, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, 1966, 378.