White Ladies Aston


Anglican: St John the Baptist

The village is so called because the manor was held from the 13th century by the Cistercian nunnery of Whistones in Worcester where the nuns wore white habits. The church has a Norman nave and chancel. The weatherboarded tower and spire were probably added in the 14th/15th century. There were restorations and partial rebuildings in 1860 and 1925. The interior fittings are mainly from 1860.
A brass plaque in the nave records the incumbency of the Rev Martyn Sherwood, vicar from 1839 to 1911. He died in 1912 aged 98.

St John the Baptist from undated postcard.

wla ext aug 2009          wla int aug 2009

                                                             St John the Baptist, August 2009.

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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 II (1851)
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 White Ladies Aston.
                     Grade II* Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                     English Heritage List for England: Please Click Here.
                     Church Plans Online: Ground plan 1860 –  61 by W J Hopkins.
                     Parish Website.  Not found.
                     A Church Near You.
                     Family History Website.

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