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St Peter, Wrockwardine, Shropshire

(52°42′15″N, 2°33′23″W)
SJ 625 120
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Shropshire
now Telford and Wrekin
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
  • Barbara Zeitler
  • Ron Baxter
14 Aug 1998 (BZ), 23 August 2023 (RB)

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Wrockwardine is a village in the E of the county (now part of the Unitary Authority of Telford and Wrekin), 4 miles W of the centre of Telford. St Peter's is a large sandstone church in the village centre, and is a cruciform building with a crossing tower and N and S chapels to the chancel. Of this, the crossing, transepts and E section of the nave are late-12thc; the chancel is 13thc; the W section of the nave is early-14thc, and the N and S chapels are both 14thc too, the S later than the N. The upper storey of the tower is 13thc work with plate tracery bell openings. The church was restored in 1854 and again in the 1880s. Romanesque work described here are the N and S transept doorways and the crossing arches.


Wrockwardine was held by King Edward in 1966 and by Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury in 1086. It was assessed at 5 hides, and since the population included a priest it is assumed that there was a church there. There were also 7½ Berewicks, or outlying estates, that belonged to the manor. The church was granted by Earl Roger to Shrewsbury Abbey.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches
Tower/Transept arches
Nave arches

The N transept doorway and the crossing arches both have trumpet scallop capitals suggesting a date c.1170-80. The S transept doorway is rather later and may even be 13thc.


D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, 10 vols, 1894-1912, vol. 2, pt. 6-8 (Wellington 1903-06), 640-49.

R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 12 vols, London 1854-60, vol. 9, 18-30.

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 362515

  1. J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire New Haven and London 2006, 716-17.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 326.