Anglican: St Mary

Said to be the largest Medieval church in the county. Parts date back to the Norman period c1200, with work from later periods. The highlight is the chancel containing a set of sixteen 15th century misericords, believed to have been carved locally, showing the labours of the months plus the sun and moon. St Mary’s features in both Simon Jenkins’ 1000 Best English Churches and Betjeman’s Best British Churches (2011). 


                                                            St Mary’s Church from undated postcards.

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                                                            St Mary’s Church, September 2013.

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References and some further sources:
Aiken, 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)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive Worcester, Parish Papers:

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

Websites:        British History Online:  Entry for Ripple.
Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                         Historic England listing: Please Click Here.
                         Parish Website.     Not found, see A Church Near You.
                         A Church Near You.
                         Family History Website.

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