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Church of St Andrew

A Grade I Listed Building in Shifnal, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.6645 / 52°39'52"N

Longitude: -2.3757 / 2°22'32"W

OS Eastings: 374688

OS Northings: 307491

OS Grid: SJ746074

Mapcode National: GBR 06T.S7C

Mapcode Global: WH9DB.G9Y4

Plus Code: 9C4VMJ7F+RP

Entry Name: Church of St Andrew

Listing Date: 26 May 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1367657

English Heritage Legacy ID: 255245

Location: Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Shifnal

Built-Up Area: Shifnal

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Shifnal St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

SJ 7407-7507; 10/28

CHURCH STREET (North side)

Church of St. Andrew




Parish Church. C12 and C13 with alterations in C14 and C15, and after
fire of 1591; restored 1876-9 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Random
coursed sandstone, ashlar, and old tile roofs. Cruciform, with central
tower, 4-bay chancel with South chapel and vestry to North, and 4-bay
nave and aisles with South porch.

Tower: late C13. Three stages with set
backs, stair turret to North-West, battlemented parapet, and pyramidal
roof with finial. Nave: large 3-light West window and doorway beneath
with moulded surround, one order of shafts with bell capitals, and moulded
arch with hoodmould. South Aisle: battlemented parapet to C15 re-building
at right. 2-light window to left with plate tracery, and three 3-light
windows to right with panelled tracery and hoodmoulds. South Perch:
2 storeys with gable to front; first floor 2-light transomed window with
quatrefoil plate tracery; moulded trefoiled entrance arch with two orders
of shafts, bell capitals, and hoodmould; gabled stair turret to left.
Interior of porch has quadripartite vault with moulded ribs, central carved
boss, and corner shafts with bell capitals; simply moulded South doorway.
North Aisle: paired 2-light windows with quatrefoil plate tracery; boarded
door in second bay from West with hoodmould. South Transept: C12 with
C15 battlemented parapet; two C15 two-light windows to South with panelled
tracery and hoodmoulds; central blocked C12 doorway consisting of two orders
of shafts with shaft rings and carved foliated capitals. North Transept:
C15; battlemented parapet and projecting stair turret to North-West; 2 and
3-light windows with panelled tracery and hoodmoulds; chamfered arched North
doorway. Chancel: C12 and c. 1360. North side: two central C12 round arched
windows with nook shafts, hoodmoulds, and corbelled eaves above, 3-light C16
window to right, and 3-light C14 window to left. South side: 3-light C14
window to right, C14 cusped-arched tomb recess beneath with female effigy,
and C18 wall tablet to left. East end: large 5-light window with reticulated
trefoil tracery, and hoodmould. South Chapel: two bays; 3-light windows with
reticulated tracery; central South door with string course carried over as
hoodmould, and carved figure in wall above. Vestry: dated 1899 on cast iron
rainwater heads, by W. D. Caroe in a Tudor Gothic style. Battlemented parapet;
depressed-arched 3-light windows; bearded door to East.

INTERIOR: nave arcade
with octagonal piers, moulded capitals and double chamfered arches with hood-
moulds; first floor porch room projecting into second aisle bay from West
with lower arcade arch, and quadripartite vault beneath with moulded ribs
and central carved boss. Circa 1591 seven-bay double hammer-beam nave roof with
carved scroll brackets. Tall double-chamfered crossing arches. South Transept
with chamfered arch into South Aisle; restored C12 arch into South Chancel
Chapel with nook shaft; former external C12 window to West with splayed reveals,
nook shafts and hoodmould; aumbry to North and remains of piscina to South;
C16 flat roof. North Transept with chamfered arch into North Aisle and C16
flat roof. Chancel: former C12 chancel arch to East of crossing with square
abacia and carved capitals; 4-bay sedilia and piscina with open trefoiled
arches; Circa 1591 four-bay double hammer-beam roof with carved scroll
brackets. South (Moreton) Chapel: 2-bay C14 north arcade with octagonal
piers, and moulded capitals and arches; remains of re-used C13 sedilia in
South wall; probably C16 hammer-beam roof.

Fittings: C17 octagonal wooden
pulpit with C19 enrichments, C19 octagonal stone font, and hatchment in
South Transept. Glass includes West window of 1848-52, East window
by Hardman of c. 1867, and two windows in South Transept by Powell's of
1863. Monuments: Thomas Forster of 1526, tomb recess in North Chancel
wall with two piers supporting cornice, depressed arch with carved spandrels,
and effigy of priest; Oliver Brigges of 1596, chest tomb in South Chapel
with recumbant effigy; Humphrey Brigges and wife of 1626, chest tomb in
South Chapel with two recumbent effigies, and two small kneeling figures at
feet of wife: Magdalen Brigges of 1698, tablet on South Chancel wall
with bust in circular niche with putti above; Revd. Moreton Esq. of 1746,
tablet in South Chapel; Mary Bagott of 1746, tablet in South Chapel.
Stone in Churchyard wall near gate to Meet inscribed "Ope sela Gulielmi
watford, Viri plurimum/Awici Tandum Resurg /1691" (not listed).

Cranage, Vol.1, pp. 27-37; N. Pevsner, B.O.E. Shropshire, pp. 243-5.

Listing NGR: SJ7468807491

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