Worcestershire Places of Worship

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Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
Pendock Old Church, Pendock
Pendock Old Church,
Priors Court,
Pendock, Worcestershire.


This Church had a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1170, but we understand it was closed in 1987.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] The Nave and Chancel of Pendock Church were built about 1170. The Tower was added later, in the early part of the 14th century, when it is likely (so the guide leaflet says) to have been built as a refuge in defence against the Welsh. The present windows were cut into the walls during the mid to late 14th century. Before that evidence of early windows is restricted to just one, high up in the south east corner of the east end of the Nave.

Curiously, the Church has no known dedication. It has been in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust since 1987.[1]

[Image 2] The larger memorial on the left hand wall is to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. The East Window is to the memory of Samuel Kent.[1]

[Image 3] The pews date from the reign of Edward VI - the mid 16th century. The guide leaflet says the King gave permission for oak to be brought from the Forest of Dean. It describes them as having linenfold panelling. The font is 10th-century - older than the present church fabric.

The West Window is to the memory of Revd. William S. Symonds.[1]

[Image 4] This Porch looks really ancient, but according to the guide leaflet, it postdates the building of the Church, and is post-Reformation - probably late 16th century. The door handle inside, on the north door is embossed with the letters W.A.S., William Arthur STRONG, who was Rector 1888-97.

A former roof level is visible on this photograph. The guide leaflet says it is likely its first roof was thatched, requiring a steeper pitch.

On the other side of the Porch is a Wall Memorial which reads:

Near this Place lye buryed Thomas son of Tho
IAKEMAN [JAKEMAN] of the Grove House
in this Parish Gent by Margaret
his Wife he was buried June 2d
1720 Aged XI Years and upwards
And Also Sarah their Daughter
She was buryed August the 7 1728
Aged about 6 months[1]

[Image 5] The unusual Memorial is in Loving Memory of James CLARK of Priors Court, who died September 11th 1900, aged 76 years. There is a further inscription below this but I am unable to read it from my photograph.[1]

[Image 6] Unfortunately, it has not been possible to read the inscription on this unusual gravestone from my photograph. It is on the south side of the church, near to that for James CLARK.[1]

[Image 7] This view of the Church from the north east illustrates its distinctive profile as seen from the M50 Motorway travelling west towards Ross on Wye. It sits high and pround above the Motorway embankment, surrounded by churchyard trees. Surprisingly, the sound of traffic from the Motorway was not especially noticeable on my visit, and sounded much louder in Pendock village, which is some distance from the church.[1]

[Image 8] The setting for Pendock old church is idyllic. This photo shows its splendid isolation, on the edge of a wheat field. This was not always the case however, as the guide leaflet explains. There are traces of a substantial medieval settlement to the north of the church, and behind it on this photograph (to the east) is Pendock Court (where the key to the Church is now kept).

To the north also, across the other side of the valley is Little Malvern Priory, and I was told by the lady at Pendock Court that the Pendock chapel used to be a cell of the Priory. In addition, the guide leaflet says that the eastern half of the village, at the time of Domesday, was held by Urse d'Abitot, whilst the western half of the village was ‘twinned’ with Overbury, on the other side of the River Severn, at which time it was mainly a timber growing area, whilst Overbury was arable.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church was located at OS grid reference SO8170333696. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Pendock, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 5 May 2011 at 00:00.

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