Worcestershire Places of Worship

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St Gregory's Church, Castlemorton
St Gregory's Church,
Church Road,
Castlemorton, Worcestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or 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 the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

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 most eye-catching aspect of this church approaching from the south west is the staircase turret, but it contains a great deal more of of interest besides.

The guide leaflet tells us the church dates from the 12th century, possibly built on what may have been the site of an earlier Saxon church. The tower was an early addition, being built in 1387; however the spire was not added until about 500 years later, in the 17th century. It has two diagonal stepped buttresses, with a niche (for a statue?) in each, and 4 gargoyles, 2 each on the north-west and south-west walls.[1]

[Image 2] The guide leaflet tells us that Chancel and Nave were separated by a rood screen originally; the early one was replaced by a Jacobean one in 1683, but this was in turn taken down in 1879. The pointed Chancel arch may have replaced a rounded Norman one at the time of the 14th century refurbishment, when the Tower was added.[1]

[Image 3] The north porch dates from the 15th century, and was constructed from the timbers of a lych-gate which once stood at the entrance to the south of the church. It has recently been refurbished, and a notice outside informs us that its stark white appearance is the result of a lime wash, added to allow the timbers to seal properly. When this process is completed, it is expected that the timbers will once again weather to the typical silvery brown colour of weathered oak - although I think it looks rather nice as it is![1]

[Image 4] A Norman arcade with 3 pillars was replaced in 1387, at the same time as the Tower was added, and then rebuilt in the 17th century. Two pillars are 14th century, but the third, at the west end (out of sight on this photograph), being of a circular section, may be original. All three capitals have a different design.[1]

[Image 5] The Lady Chapel was restored in 1908, but the window above the Altar is an original, two trefoil lancet, with external hood moulds. The Stained glass is in memory of George Boulton JEYNES, churchwarden, organist and lay reader, died 21 Jun 1927. The lovely paintings on the front of the Altar were done in 1918.[1]

[Image 6] The three Altar panels are beautifully carved. The East window dates from the 14th century; its stained glass is in memory of Elizabeth Jane Hutton FOX, who died 2 Sep 1899. She was the wife of the Vicar.[1]

[Image 7] The container for this delightful flower arrangement is ancient, and was recovered from a nearby garden.[1]

[Image 8] Electric lighting was installed in the Church in 1956. This oil lamp is a reminder of an earlier time, when such lamps would have been the only source of lighting.

The half-arch at the west end of the arcade may be seen behind the lamp. It seems possible to me that - like in Eckington, Holy Trinity Church, the building of the tower in 1387 may have obscured the other half.[1]

[Image 9] The Norman North doorway, shielded by an ancient porch - note the two types of chevron carving, and the ‘agnus dei’ carving of its tympanum.[1]

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO7948737250. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

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 Castlemorton, 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.

Acknowledgements

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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