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Church of St Milburga

A Grade II* Listed Building in Beckbury, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.6113 / 52°36'40"N

Longitude: -2.3483 / 2°20'53"W

OS Eastings: 376511

OS Northings: 301558

OS Grid: SJ765015

Mapcode National: GBR 07M.73Q

Mapcode Global: WH9DJ.WMYG

Plus Code: 9C4VJM62+GM

Entry Name: Church of St Milburga

Listing Date: 26 September 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1367602

English Heritage Legacy ID: 255166

Location: Beckbury, Shropshire, TF11

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Beckbury

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Beckbury St Milburga

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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SJ 70 SE

HIGH STREET (south side)
Church of St. Milburga.

Parish church. C13 origins, remodelled C18, restored and altered C19. Red sandstone ashlar walls and red brick patching at east end of nave, plain tiled roofs.

West tower, c1730; two stages on plinth, plain string course, rusticated quoins, moulded cornice and pyramidal roof with weather vane; west doorway has a Gibbs surround, two round windows on north and west faces of belfry, now filled by clocks (J. Smith of Shifnal, 1856), above on west a round headed window and in the east wall a semi-circular opening.

Nave, also c 1730, rusticated quoins at southwest and southeast angles, moulded eaves cornice, pierced by C19 clerestorey on north side. South aisle 1856, five two light decorated style windows, buttresses; north aisle and transept 1880, two light windows and plain pointed door; north porch timber with bargeboards on sandstone walls 1888.

Chancel, early C14, restored 1856 and 1884; east window c1300, three lights with intersecting cusped tracery, two two-light early C14 windows and at west end cusped lancets above blocked low-side windows, that on south retaining original iron framework, diagonal buttresses to east wall, a memorial stone to Eleanor Watts (died 1816) is fixed to the south wall, blocked arched opening of uncertain purpose on north, recently restored, is most probably a medieval tomb recess.

Interior; much C19 restoration, nave arcades of three bays and tower arch re-built 1888, roof with massive tie beam aim restored; chancel arch and low stone screen erected 1884 when east end was raised, arch braced roof to chancel probably C19, early C14 piscina in south wall, stained glass in east window 1885. Stone pulpit with naturalistic foliage carving (designer unknown) 1867, Perpendicular font with cusped quatrefoils and shields in the panels considerably restored 1892; east window in south wall of south aisle contains fragments of C14 stained glass re-assembled by the Vicar in 1893, parish chest with fine ornamental iron work (? medieval). Incised alabaster slab (probably from an altar tomb) to Richard Haughton, died 1505, and his wife, Margaret, on the north wall of the chancel, was moved here during the 1856 restoration. In the Middle Ages, Beckbury was a dependent chapelry of the parish of Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock.

Cranage Vol. III, pp,184-5.

Listing NGR: SJ7651101558

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