Elmley Castle


Anglican: St Mary

St Mary’s dates back to Norman times, and there is evidence of pre 1100 herringbone masonry in the chancel. There is much work from later periods and the church was restored twice in the 19th century. The north transept houses two fine 17th century monuments, one to William Savage and the other to Thomas, first Earl of Coventry.  A Grade I listed building it features in Simon Jenkins’ 1000 Best English Churches and Betjeman’s Best British Churches (2011). The church is usually open during daylight hours.
 Elmley_Castle_exterior          Elmley_Castle_interior

St Mary’s Church from old undated postcards.

Elmley Castle Ext Jan 2012          Elmley Castle Int Jan 2012

St Mary’s Church January 2012.

For other recent (2012) pictures Please Click Here.   (www.flickr.com/tudorbarlow)

References and some further sources:
Aitken, John. Census of Religious Worship, 1851: The Returns for Worcestershire.
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Morgan, Paul. Inspections of churches and parsonage houses in the Diocese of Worcester in 1674, 1676, 1684, and 1687 (1986)
Noake, John. The Rambler in Worcestershire or, Stray Notes on Churches and Congregations.  Volume III (1854) p.77
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)

n.b. Full details of these books are on bibliography page.

Websites:        British History Online:   Entry for Elmley Castle.
                         Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                         Historic England listing: Please Click Here
                         Church Plans Online:  Ground plans of 1878 (Frederick Preedy)
                         A Church Near You.
                         Family History Website.

For other local churches please see under  Bricklehampton,  Great Comberton ,  Little Comberton,    Pershore Deanery 

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