History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Church Preen, Shropshire

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5792 / 52°34'45"N

Longitude: -2.6754 / 2°40'31"W

OS Eastings: 354327

OS Northings: 298145

OS Grid: SO543981

Mapcode National: GBR BM.BQ16

Mapcode Global: WH8CF.WF5K

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 13 June 1958

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1366863

English Heritage Legacy ID: 258806

Location: Church Preen, Shropshire, SY6

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Church Preen

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Church Preen

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

Find accommodation in
Frodesley

Listing Text

CHURCH PREEN C.P. CHURCH PREEN
SO 59 NW
7/24 Church of St John the
13.6.58 Baptist
GV II*

Parish church, formerly part monastic. Circa 1220-50, restored 1866
with south chapel of c.1920-25. Uncoursed limestone rubble with ashlar
dressings, machine tile roof. Nave and chancel in one with west bell-
cote; north porch and vestry, south chancel chapel. Nave: north wall
has 2 lancets, one of 1866 to west and an original lancet with transom
and low-side window below to east; gabled stone porch to west probably
C17 but restored when adjoining vestry was added to west in 1866;
south wall has 2 lancets and a pointed doorway to east, all of 1866;
west wall also largely re-built at this date, external gabled bellcote
with buttresses beneath,forming narrow pointed arch to ground, frames
window of 2 paired lancets. Chancel: in 2 bays, original lancets to
north and one on south which also has embattled south chapel (now partly
roofless) concealing blocked C13 doorway; original east window of 3
lancets, unusually all of same height, and internally under a segmental
scoinson arch. Interior: retains original long narrow plan but
considerably restored 1866, especially at west end; pointed north door-
way renewed at this time and most of the fittings and furnishings are
contemporary including continuous trussed rafter roof to nave and
chancel; latter has C13 trefoil-headed piscina in south wall and
recessed sedile below lancet immediately to west, 2 corbels for statues
flank east window, blocked doorway with shouldered arch was presumably
the monks' entrance to the church; reading desk dated 1646 has initials
"ID" and the letter "S" backwards, pulpit probably a little later,
contemporary re-used panelling fixed to walls; Romanesque-style font
on clustered shaft mid-C19 but square-shaped basin in north porch may
be C13; another font (now in south chapel) is probably late C13/early
C14 - octagonal, the diagonal sides being shorter and ending in small
broaches; stained glass in east and west windows c.1870 and c.1900
respectively with pre-Raphaelite style glass to north-east and north-
west windows of chancel. The yew tree in the churchyard is said to
be one of the oldest in England. Founded as a cell of the Cluniac
Abbey at Much Wenlock c.1150, the eastern part of the church was
monastic and the western part parochial; the house was dissolved
in 1534. B.o.E., Pp.99-100; V.C.H.VIII (1968), p.128; D.H.S.
Cranage, The Churches of Shropshire, Part 6 (1903), Pp.470-3.


Listing NGR: SO5432798145

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.