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St Michael, Abberley, Worcestershire

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Description

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All that remains of the 12thc. church is the chancel, and a few courses of the N wall of the roofless W tower. In the 13thc. the chancel was extended eastward, a chapel added on its S side and a S aisle added to the nave - all of red sandstone ashlar. The church fell into ruin and a replacement was built on a new site shortly after 1850. At this time the N doorway of the ruined nave was built into what became the W wall of the old chancel, now kept as a chapel with its 13thc. chapel adjoining to the S. In 1963 the dangerous walls of the old tower and nave were taken down, except for the old S doorway which still stands, supported by a portion of the S wall of the nave.

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History

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At the time of the Domesday Survey the manor of Abberley was included among the lands held in chief by Ralph de Toeni. It had been held by Wulfmar, who could betake himself where he would, and there were two and a half hides paying geld. It was held in chief as member of the castle of Colwyn by the service of finding one man at Colwyn with bow and arrow for twenty days whenever there should be war in Wales. It followed the descent of the overlordship of Elmley Lovett to Alice de Toeni, wife of Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick.

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The chapel serves the modern church of Abberley.

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Features

Exterior Features

Doorways

Comments/Opinions

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The similarity of the N doorway capitals to one in the S doorway at Ribbesford indicate a date in the early 12thc. Doorways set in a projecting bay, as here, occur in a number of churches in the county (see Preface to Worcestershire).

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Bibliography

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV. London 1924, 221-24.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire . Harmondsworth 1968, 67.

Location
(52°18′34″N, 2°21′54″W)

World map

Abberley
SO 752 680
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
  • G. L. Pearson