Sunday, 31 October 2010

Churches along the Stour near Stratford

Another trip to the Midlands and the chance to look at a few churches along the Stour just south of Stratford upon Avon.

First ; St David’s Church, Newbold on Stour. Unfortunately the church wasn’t open so I just had a quick wander around outside. The church was built and consecrated in 1833. It was restored in 1884. The spire was removed in 1948.

Just down the road was St Mary and Holy Cross Church, Alderminster. The church had just been opened!

The earliest part of the church dates back to the 12th century, with the chancel and tower dating from the 13th century. Work was also carried out in the 14th century. Then in 1873 and 1884 a major restoration was carried out with significant re-building although old materials and features were re-used. The church is actually two churches in one with the Church of the Holy Cross with an alter in the nave under the tower and the Conventual Church (a church attached or belonging to a convent or monastery) of Our Lady in the chancel.

Finally, St Mary’s Church, Preston on Stour.

Preston on Stour is actually off the main road but well worth the visit. It has a collection of old houses including this black and white one on the green. It still retains a village shop and post office.

The church has medieval origins but the oldest part now is the late 15th century tower. The remainder of the church from that period was subject to major restoration and in the case of the chancel, rebuilding, in 1753-57.

This church was also open and looked very impressive with sunlight shining though the clear glass of he nave windows making it bright inside. The 15th century panelled timber roof with its carved bosses stood out.

Wandering back to the car I looked over a garden wall to see a collection of fancy chickens – it will need someone more expert than me to identify them.

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