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Church of All Saints, Worthen with Shelve

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 257494

OS Grid Reference: SJ3283504682
OS Grid Coordinates: 332835, 304682
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6357, -2.9939

Location: B4386, Worthen, Shropshire SY5 9HW

Locality: Worthen with Shelve
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY5 9HW

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Listing Text

SJ 30 SW

5/164 Church of All Saints

Parish church. Late C12 and C13 with chancel of 1761, whole restored
1846-7 and 1924. Mainly uncoursed limestone rubble with red sandstone
ashlar dressings; red brick chancel; slate roofs. Nave, chancel, north
tower, south porch and south-east vestry. Tower: C12 to string course
with large slabs of shillet forming alternating angle quoins, massive
buttresses (probably C17) to east and west sides; Perpendicular top
stage has cusped 2-light openings with quatrefoils above, C18 parapet
with plain corner obelisks and shallow pyramidal roof with lead spirelet
and brass weathercock; 2 rectangular chamfered windows to north face
with clock above; C12 round-headed doorway below has crudely chamfered
voussoirs and C17 plank door. Long nave with roughly hewn sandstone
quoins to north-east and north-west angles has C19 windows with geometrical
tracery to left and right of tower with 017 buttress to far left; west
window of 4 lights with simple panel tracery is also C19 (as is cinquefoiled
cusped roundel above) but is said to be a copy of a Perpendicular window.
South side has 4 large C17 buttresses and two C19 windows with cusped
geometrical tracery to left and right; window with reticulated tracery
immediately to left of third buttress from west also apparently C19:
late C17 gabled timber porch has roughly turned balusters to sides and
collar and tie beam roof, C19 fretted bargeboards and finial; C13 pointed
south doorway has continuous moulding and hoodmould. Chancel: has 2
round-headed windows with gauged heads on north and one on south and
east; dentilled eaves cornice and coped verges to east gable: black
stone gabled vestry added to south 1846. Interior: magnificent C14
nave roof of upper cruck construction in 7 bays has arch-braced collars
with cusped V-struts and 4 tiers of purlins (upper 3 moulded), restored
when C18 plaster ceil removed in 1924. The other principal feature
is seating to nave and chancel; Jacobean box pews with variety of patterns
(mainly round-headed arches) with pendant knobs and cock's head hinges,
cut down and rearranged 1846, to both sides of nave and to centre at
rear; that to front on north (squire's pew) with Kynnaston family coat-
of-arms; open wooden benches also with pendant knobs (generally squatter
than those to pews) in centre to front of nave probably C16 but it has
been suggested they are medieval and were remodelled in C17; further
Jacobean woodwork incorporated in choir stalls. C13 pointed north doorway
(leading to tower) has panelled door made up from dismantled pews c.1931;
plain octagonal font heavily scraped and with 019 circular base is probably
C14 or C15. Pointed chancel arch probably C14, reconstructed 1761 when
present chancel built. This retains C18 texts on wooden boards, pedimented
to east wall and with moulded entablatures on north and south; plaster
ceil with moulded cornice 1785-6 and Jacobean communion table. Late
C19 and C20 stained glass in vicious windows throughout church and two
C19 boards recording benefactions to church in vestry. Monument: south
chancel wall; memorial to Dr. Daniel Price, rector, Dean of Hereford
and Chaplain to Charles I, died 1631 but dated 1633: strapwork achievement
flanked by debased Ionic columns and surmounted by coat-of-arms. Although
not recorded in Domesday, the church at Worthen is of pre-Conquest origin
and the large size of the parish suggests that it may have been a minster.
B.O.E. p.325; D. H. S. Cranage, The Churches of Shropshire, Part 7 (1905)
pp. 553-55 and Appendix p.1017.

Listing NGR: SJ3283304682

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Source: English Heritage

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