Bitterley

St Mary  Bitterley, Ludlow. SY8 3HF  P. Wheelchair access.  Open daily

St Mary's is attractively situated next to Bitterley Court, half a mile from the village on the western slopes of Titterstone Clee. 

The church dates from around 1200AD and consists of a nave, a chancel and a western tower. The woodwork on the tower was added in the 19th century.. Before that the tower had a plain battlemented upper storey. 

 

The font is Norman, the oldest object in the church. There is also a fine iron-bound chest from the 13th century. 

The interesting monument near the altar (below) is to Timothy Lucye who died in 1616. He is shown kneeling in armour with a ruff round his neck. 

 

There is an excellent Jacobean pulpit, lectern and reading desk. 

 

 

In the north wall of the chancel there is a tomb recess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the churchyard is a fine cross with a graceful shaft bearing a crucifixion. It has been dated to the 14th century.

 

 

Text mostly from 'The Churches of Shropshire', John Leonard

 

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