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St Peter, Rushbury, Shropshire

(52°31′22″N, 2°43′3″W)
SO 514 919
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Shropshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
15 Aug 1998 (BZ), 13 June 2023 (RB)

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Rushbury is a village in the Shropshire Hills, 4 miles E of Church Stretton and 12 miles S of Shrewsbury. The church stands on the main road through the village and consists of a nave with a S porch, a chancel with a S vestry and a W tower,. The earliest part is the nave, with early herringbone masonry in the lateral walls, while the chancel and tower are of the early 13thc. The upper part of the tower was rebuilt in 1855-56, when the entire church was restored and the vestry added. Construction is of stone rubble with ashlar dressings.

Romanesque features are the N and S doorways and a plain font.


Before the Norman conquest the manor of Rushbury was in the hands of an Anglo-Saxon named Alwin. By 1086 the manor belonged to Roger de Lacy who sublet it to a certain Odo. Odo's decendants held Rushbury until the 13thc. The patronage belonged to the Lord of the Manor, although there was a proposal, eventually frustrated, to award it to Buildwas Abbey. The church had some connections with Hereford in the 13thc, as is suggested by a record stating that the prior of Hereford was due an annual pension from Rushbury church.


Exterior Features





The S doorway capitals suggest a date in the 1170s or '80s, despite the pointed arch. Newman and Pevsner say that the font base is 20thc.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 483791

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 491-92.

Victoria County History: Shropshire, vol. 10, 52-72.

M. D. Watson, A Guide to St. Peter's Church, Rushbury, n.d.