Anglican: St Peter and St Paul

Pevsner refers to Rock as the “most significant Norman village church in the county.”  Dating back to the mid 12th century, with stone carving almost certainly by the Herefordshire School of Sculpture of which the large chancel arch is a fine example.  The church features in both Jenkins 1000 Best English Churches and Betjeman’s Best British Churches and is usually open during daylight hours.

Church of St Peter and St Paul from undated postcard.

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                                                    Church of St Peter and St Paul, October 2008.

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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)
Noake, John. The Rambler in Worcestershire or, Stray Notes on Churches and Congregations.  
             Volume II (1851)
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 Rock.
                         Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                         Historic England listing: Please Click Here.
                         Parish Website.  (Wyre Forest West Group)
                         A Church Near You.
                         Family History Website.

Wilden to Witley Church Trail.

                                                                                                                                                      Entry updated May 2022

Clows Top Mission Room.

Built in 1895. Still in use.

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                                                            Clows Top Mission Room, August 2012

Parish Website.   (Wyre Forest West Group)

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