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Pendock, Worcestershire

(52°0′5″N, 2°16′4″W)
SO 817 337
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
medieval not confirmed
  • G. L. Pearson

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The church, built of rubble and standing in open land at some distance from the present village, consists of a 12thc. nave and chancel, both without aisles, and a 15thc. W tower. A medieval timber porch protects the N doorway, which bears Romanesque sculpture. There are a plain round-headed S doorway, a plain restored piscina with triangular head in the S wall of the sanctuary, and a plain font, all probably of the 12thc. Romanesque sculpture is also found in the chancel arch.


In 1086, two hides at Pendock were held by the sheriff, Urse d'Abitot; they subsequently passed to his heirs, the Beauchamps. The manor was held under the Beauchamps by a family who took their name from it: the brothers Robert and Walter de Pendock are mentioned in 1175-76, and Robert de Pendock held the estate in the early 13thc. Another manor of Pendock held by the monks of Worcester in 1086 was confirmed to them by Bishop Simon in 1148; on both occasions this seems to have belonged to the manor of Overbury. At Domesday, a priest held some land in the manor belonging to Worcester priory. The advowson belonged to the part of the Pendock family.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


Certain motifs have been compared with Beckford and Eldersfield (zigzag on the imposts), Pirton (crosses on the scallops) Ashton and Queenhill (pellets) and Malvern Priory (chevron type; Stratford in Pevsner 1968, p.234, fn.). Pevsner dates the ensemble toc.1170.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol. 3. London 1913, 478-81, 480-81.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 234.