Destinations-UK-Ireland
Destinations-UK-Ireland
HomeEnglandIrelandNorthern IrelandScotlandWales
New This Month
Home
Photo of the Week
England
Ireland
N. Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Articles
Attractions
Accommodation
Gardens
National Parks
Tourist Information
News
Books
Web Links
About Us
Contact Us

 

Church Stretton, Shropshire

Long Mynd view by Barbara Ballard Church Stretton sits in a narrow valley in the south Shropshire hill country, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On one side is the Long Mynd and, on the other, the Stretton Hills.

House in Little Stretton by Barbara Ballard The town shares the valley with the villages of Little Stretton, All Stretton, and Minton.

Antiques store in the town by Ian Capper courtesy Geograph Architecturally the town centre is Victorian in style although some black and white timber houses survive. The town square has been a weekly market spot since the time of King John.

Church of St Lawrence in the town by Barbara Ballard St Laurence parish church, on a Saxon foundation, has a Norman nave. It was built c1100. The first church had a nave and small chancel, which was torn down to make the present tower. The tower has transitional arches and Perpendicular work above. A copper sculpture is suspened from the ceiling. The tower has eight bells and a small ‘calling bell’.

The windows in north and south sides of the chancel may be 13th century. The windows in the north and south transepts have memorials to the Sherratt family. A west window dates from 1619. The organ dates from 1883.

A church vestry was added in 1830. Outside the church a north wooden door under a Norman arch was used as a ‘corpse’ door to bring in the dead. Above the north door is a Saxon fertility symbol called a “Sheila na Gig”. Inside the church at the crossing are transitional columns and capitals.

Visitor Information

Church Stretton is located on the A49 between Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

Text and photos © by Barbara Ballard except Church Stretton antiques market by Ian Capper courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland

Go Back: [Top of Page] [Articles Main Page]


Be a
Destinations-UK-Ireland Sponsor

Our Shropshire Articles
Acton Scott Farm
Wollerton Old Hall Garden
Hodnet Hall Garden
All Stretton Village
Weston Park House and Gardens
Boscobel House
Whittington Castle
Church Stretton
Montgomery Canal
Much Wenlock
Other England Articles

© Destinations-UK-Ireland. Reproduction of this work in whole or in part, including images, and reproduction in electronic media, without documented permission is prohibited.
Site maintained by andyfellwalker
England | Ireland | N. Ireland | Scotland | Wales | About Us | Contact Us
.
United Kingdom England Ireland Scotland Wales