The church is somewhat overshadowed by Benthall Hall (National Trust). It appears that what was an earlier church (dedicated to St Brice, the only other being at Brize Norton, Oxon) was substantially lost during the defence of the hall in 1645, one of the skirmishes in the Civil War. It was not until 1667 that the church was rebuilt although in a local style. At that time the dedication was given as St Bartholomew. Internally the church contains a great west gallery, used over the years for the musicians and singers.
The Victorians enlarged the building in their own unique way. A particularly unusual feature is the Blocked up south doorway, which contains a beehive, the entrance to which is a lion's face. Above are written the words " Out of the strong commeth forth sweetness".
St Bartholomews Church was built in 1667 after the previous church burnt down during the Civil War. Shropshire Star 19th July 2007.
As from September 1st 2007 St Bartholomews will become a redundant church.
GPS Coordinates: 52.61982, -2.50686
- Added: 23 May 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2450336
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