Our second church was St. Mary's, tucked away and beautifully set behind the main street in Highley (some of us struggled to find it). With the earliest parts of the church dating to the 12th century, it has received quite a few alterations and additions over the years to bring it to its current condition. 

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Finally the afternoon was topped of with a fine afternoon tea, provided by the Chelmarsh ladies at the church hall, just up the road from the church.

 

Many thanks to Tim Bridges for his usual expert guidance.

Also our thanks to Gill Turner for organising the event, and finally thanks to Graham Beckley for once again providing some wonderful photographs.

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Our tour of Three Shropshire Churches with Tim Bridges, on 11th August 2018

Founded 1946, by Geoffrey Beard

Stourbridge Historical Society

Once again, with Tim Bridges at the helm we visited 3 churches, this time on the other side of the River Severn.

Our first church was St. John the Baptist in the village of Kinlet, or it was in the viiage before the village itself was moved in the 18th century to give more privacy to the owner of the recently rebuilt Kinlet Hall. Some fine monuments are contained in the church.

Finally our third church was St. Peter's in the village of Chelmarsh, dating from the beginning of the 14th century, but incorporating an earlier Norman structure. The woodwork and carving is very rich. The carving in the choir stalls was done by young teenage boys under the direction of Rev. R.T.Seddon, Vicar 1887-1906, in the Jacobean style. (We were actually shown these carvings by a lady whose grandfather and great uncle were two of the teenagers involved).