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St James ~ Wigmore
Founded as a collegiate church by the powerful Mortimer family. It lies on the site of an earlier Saxon building. The building has a very early Norman nave. Herringbone masonry is visible on the outside of the north wall. The church stands above the village, and with the ruined castle, dominates the village and surroundings of Wigmore. The churchyard cross is much restored. It stands on a 14th century base, with an ogee- headed niche. This feature is found in a number of churches along The Marches. More rare inside is a piscina high on the south wall by the chancel arch. This is a legacy of the original rood screen which, unusually, had an altar on it.
St. Mary Magdalene ~ Leinthall Starkes
The church is a little way from the village. It probably marks the site of the older and now deserted village. It is a simple church with a Norman foundation, with a few later additions. The bellcote is 17th century. It is approached down its own green lane and is a haven of quiet and peace. The ‘Green Lane’ track from the road can be very slippery, it is probably not suitable for wheel chairs. Please take care. Due to the isolation of this church it is usually locked. Please contact the Reverend Mike Catling on 01547 540235to arrange for access.
St Mary the Virgin ~ Elton
This small church stands close to Elton Hall, surrounded by hills. It has a Norman nave, chancel and doorways. The lancet windows are 13th century and the screen dates from the 15th and 17th centuries. The church was restored in 1876. Its medieval bells still call our worshippers to church.
St Giles ~ Pipe Aston
Pipe Aston is a Norman gem, set in an immaculately kept churchyard. It was partly rebuilt in the 13th century, and has had restoration and preservation work completed in 2013. Its ornate north doorway boasts a Norman tympanum. It is so perfectly preserved that it looks as if it was carved yesterday. The nave has an original Norman wall painting. The roof is late 14th century.