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St Thomas, Halford , Shropshire

(52°26′30″N, 3°16′15″W)
SO 137 834
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
06 Nov 1999 (BZ), 19 March 2024 (RB)

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Halford is a hamlet in the Shropshire Hills, just east of Craven Arms, whose civil parish it belongs to. It is 7 miles NW of Ludlow . The church consists of a chancel and a nave with a S porch and a double bell cote over the W gable. It is 12thc in origin and was restored in 1848, followed by a major restoration in 1887 by Thomas Nicholson in which the chncel was replaced along with the W wall and the bellcote. Romanesque features surviving are the S nave doorway and the fontx.


Halford is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but might have belonged to the manor of Bromfield, whose 10 hides were held by the church of St Mary, Shrewsbury in 1086. In any case, the demesne lands in Halford passed to the Priory of Bromfield, and a chapel was built at Halford dependent on Bromfield church (Eyton, 5, 224).


Exterior Features





Keystone of the label is made of yellow sandstone, the other voussoirs are made of red sandstone. The arch voussoirs are a mixture of red and yellow sandstone. The decoration of the label is very similar to the label decoration at St Mary's, Shrewsbury and Munslow. In the latter case, however, there is some bead ornament in the bellflowers.


D. H. S Cranage, Churches of Shropshire, part 2, 95.

  1. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol.5, 223-24.

Historic England Listed building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 460260

  1. J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire New Haven and London 2006, 279.
  1. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 136.