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Abberton, St. Edburga. Another view. Both Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade C listed - link. Both links refer to a "broach spire", but nothing is evident in either photo, so presumably the spire has been taken down.
Abbot's Morton, St. Peter. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. The following are all John Bowdler (2010) - the porch, just inside of which are two pews, dated by the church information leaflet to the 15th century; a triplet of windows of very unusual design; another three interior views - 1, 2, 3; the roof; the font is very plain, usually a sign of early date; the organ; and a window. Link.
Areley Kings, St. Bartholomew. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Ashton under Hill, Free Church. Graeme Harvey.
Aston Somerville, St. Mary the Virgin. Interior view, font, and a mutilated effigy resting on a stone coffin. The tower has a splendid golden dragon weather-vane; notice also the charming crocodile (?) gargoyle! All John Bowdler (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Atch Lench, Wesleyan Methodist Church. Aidan McRae Thomson.

Barnt Green, St. Andrew, was built 1909-13, and the west facade (shown in the photo) was re-built in 2001. Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Beckford, St. John the Baptist. From an old postcard in John Bowdler's Collection. A modern view (taken from almost exactly the same position), and two interior views - 1, 2, all Graeme Harvey (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Belbroughton, Holy Trinity. Vanessa Morgan.
Bengeworth, St. Peter. SP 093 438. Graeme Harvey (2014). Link.
Beoley, St. Leonard. Dorothy Turley. Link.
Berrow (aka Berrow Green), St. Faith. The porch, decorated at Harvest Festival time. Both James Murray.
Besford, St. Peter. Peter Morgan.
Bewdley, St. Anne. Link. All Saints. Link. Elim Riverside Church. All John French. Another view of St. Anne. And a view from the rear. Interior view. These three all James Murray.
Birlingham, St. James the Apostle. SO 932 432. Roy Graham. Link1. Link2.
Birts Street, former Wesleyan Chapel. The comment here (which Janet Gimber pointed me to) advises dates of 1844 - late 1980's. Now converted to residential use. Graeme Harvey.
Birtsmorton, St. Thomas of Canterbury with St. Peter and St. Paul. James Murray.
Bishampton, St. James. Another view, and two interior views - 1, 2. Link. Grade II* listed. Former Chapel (1844). Howard Richter advises that this building shows as Baptist Chapel (General) on the 1885 OS map, and on the 1978-92 edition as Chapel. The closure date is so far unclear. SO 989 513. All Peter Morgan (2012).
Blackwell, St. Catherine - built 1939-40. Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Blakedown, St. James the Great. John French.
Bradley Green, St. John the Baptist. Aidan McRae Thomson.
Bransford, St. John the Baptist. Caroline Webb.
Bredon, St. Giles. Graeme Harvey. Link1. Link2.
Bredon's Norton, St. Giles, which dates from circa 1150. Two interior views - 1, 2. All Peter Morgan (2017). Link. Grade II listed.
Broadway.
Bockleton, St. Michael, the blocked North Door, and the South Door, both showing Lombard Bands. See Easton, below, for comments on Lombard Bands. Both Rich Jones. Link. Grade II* listed.
Bretforton, St. Leonard. Another view. SP 093 438. Both Graeme Harvey (2014). Link. Grade I listed.
Bromsgrove.
Broughton Hackett, St. Leonard. Peter Morgan (2012). Grade C listed - link.
Bushley, St. Peter. Graeme Harvey (2013).

Callow End, St. James (1888). Link (with interior view). Stanbrook Abbey (R.C.) and Stanbrook Abbey Church (R.C.). The religious community has now moved to Yorkshire, but their website has a useful history. The buildings are now in use as a hotel. All Peter Morgan (2015). Link. Grade II listed.
Castlemorton, St. Gregory. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Catshill, Christ Church. Vanessa Morgan. Catshill Methodist Church Centre on Golden Cross Lane opened in 1968, and was extended in 2014. SO 965 740. Richard Roberts (2015). Link. Catshill Baptist Church on Milton Road. SO 962 738. Richard Roberts (2015). Bromsgrove Spiritualist Church on Church Road. Originally a Mission Room (1889), the current occupiers moved in in 1965. SO 958 739. Richard Roberts (2015).
Charford, Bromsgrove - see Bromsgrove.
Charlton, St. John the Evangelist. The porch, and a close-up of the statue above the door. Two interior views - 1, 2. All Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade C listed- link.
Church Lench, All Saints. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Two further views - 1, 2 - and an interior view. All Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Churchill, St. James. Dating from 1868 it is Grade II listed. SO 879 793. Richard Rogerson. Link.
Claines, St. John the Baptist. Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Clent, St. Leonard. SO 928 793. Roy Graham. Another view. And another. Both John French. Link.
Cleeve Prior, St. Andrew. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson.
Clifton upon Teme, St. Kenelm. SO 715 616. Les Needham (2011). Grade II* listed - link.
Cookhill, St. Paul. Aidan McRae Thomson.
Cookley, St. Peter. Dorothy Turley.
Cow Honeybourne. Gilbert Barlow advises as follows. "This is a most unusual church. Built in the 15c but never consecrated and there is no dedication. Used as almshouses from the 16th to the 19th century. Rebuilt by W J Hopkins in 1861/62. Finally sold off in 1975 for conversion to 3 dwellings". Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Croome d'Abitot, St. Mary Magdalene, now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. SO 886 450. Roy Graham. Two further views - 1, 2, two interior views - 1, 2, the pulpit (with tester), and font, all Dennis Harper (2012). Another interior view, Peter Morgan. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Cropthorne, St. Michael. Another view, an interior view, and the altar. The church has some fine monuments - 1, 2. All Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Crowle, St. John the Baptist. Grade II* listed - link. Gospel Hall. Both Peter Morgan (2012).

Defford, St. James. Peter Morgan. Two additional views - 1, 2, and the porch, all Dennis Harper (2007). Grade II* listed.
Dodderhill, St. Augustine of Canterbury. Vanessa Morgan. Another view, Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade B listed - link.
Dodford, Holy Trinity & St. Mary (1908). Another view, and the interior. All Peter Morgan (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Dormston, St. Nicholas. Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Doverdale, St. Mary. Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Drakes Broughton, St. Barnabas. Peter Morgan (2012). Link.
Droitwich Spa.

Earl's Croome, St. Nicholas. Peter Morgan.
Eastham, St. Peter and St. Paul. SO 657 687. Les Needham (2011). Another view, and an interior view, both Rich Jones. Rich describes the feature above the door as a Lombard Band - this occurs in a number of churches in the area - and there is even a gravestone at Stockton on Teme with a Lombardic inscription. Grade I listed.
Eckington, Holy Trinity. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Eldersfield, St. John the Baptist. James Murray. Link.
Elmbridge, St. Mary. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Elmley Castle, St. Mary the Virgin. Graeme Harvey. An old postcard view, from John Bowdler's Collection. Link1. Link2. Link3.
Evesham.

Fairfield, St. Mark. SO 948 751. Chris Emms (2011).
Feckenham, St. John the Baptist. Vanessa Morgan. Interior view. Aidan McRae Thomson. Two further views - 1, 2, the porch, font, and what I assume is a font cover, another interior view, and the attractively painted arcade, the altar, a window, and a musical angel!, all John Bowdler (2010). Link. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher (R.C.). Another view. The foundation stone gives the date 1935. Both John Bowdler (2010). The former United Methodist Chapel, originally Ebenezer Chapel (1861). John Bowdler (2010).
Finstall, St. Godwald. Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Fladbury, St. John the Baptist. Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade II listed - link.
Flyford Flavell, St. Peter. Mark Summers.

Gadfield Elm, the Chapel (Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, originally United Brethren  - a splinter from the Primitive Methodists). James Murray. Link.
Grafton Flyford, St. John the Baptist. Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Great Comberton, St. Michael. Graeme Harvey.
Great Malvern.
Great Witley, St. Michael & All Angels on Witley Court. Peter Morgan. Another view. James Murray. Interior view. James Murray. Link. A redundant church on Witley Road. Originally a mortuary chapel, it later became the Chapel of St. Michael. Peter Morgan.
Guarlford, St. Mary (1844). Another view. Both Graeme Harvey (2013). Link.

Hagley, St. John the Baptist. SO 921 807. Chris Emms (2011). Link.
Hallow, St. Philip & St. James. A redundant church, now a primary school. Both Peter Morgan.
Hampton, St. Andrew. SP 028 431. Peter Wood. Link.
Hampton Lovett, St. Mary and All Angels. Interior view. Both Tudorbarlow (Flickr). Link.
Hanley Castle, St. Mary. Peter Morgan. Link.
Hanley Child, St. Michael & All Angels (1803). It replaced an earlier wooden church. SO 650 652. Les Needham (2011). Grade II listed - link.
Hanley Swan, St. Gabriel. Peter Morgan (2010). Two interior views - 1, 2, both Peter Morgan (2015). Link. Grade II listed. Our Lady and St. Alphonsus (R.C., 1846). Two interior views - 1, 2, and the altar. All Peter Morgan (2015). Link. Grade II listed.
Hanley William, All Saints. SO 699 602. Les Needham (2011). Grade II* listed - link.
Hartlebury, St. James. Dorothy Turley. Another view. Peter Morgan. Hartlebury Castle Chapel (interior view). From an old postcard in John Bowdler's Collection.
Harvington, St. James the Great. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. The Georgian Chapel at Harvington Hall. Interior view. Both Peter Morgan (2016). St. Mary (R.C.). The interior. Both Peter Morgan (2016). Link.
Hill Croome, St. Mary. Peter Morgan.
Holy Cross, St. Oswald and St. Wulstan (R.C.). Originally a Tudor malthouse, it was donated to the Catholic Church in 1926. Another view. SO 918 787. Both Chris Emms (2011).
Honeybourne, St. Ecgwin. Interior view. Both Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Huddington, St. James. Two interior views - 1, 2. All Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.

Inkberrow, St. Peter. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link. Grade I listed- link. Bethesda Chapel (1861). Peter Morgan (2012).

Kemerton, St. Nicholas. Graeme Harvey (2013). Grade II* listed. St. Benet's (R.C.). Another view. Both Graeme Harvey (2012).
Kempsey, St. Mary the Virgin. Peter Morgan. Baptist Church. Peter Morgan. Howard Richter advises that this was demolished in 2008-9 (and was certainly gone by November 2009). This document has numerous plans and photographs. The date of building is variously (according to source consulted) 1840 or 1844.
Kidderminster.
Kington, St. James. Mark Summers. Another view, Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade B listed - link.
Knighton on Teme, St. Michael and All Angels, showing a Lombard Band above the door; the same design feature is also present in the interior. For comments on Lombard Bands, see Easton, above. Both Rich Jones. Link. Grade I listed.

Lickey, Holy Trinity. Vanessa Morgan. Another view. Tudorbarlow (Flickr). Link.
Lickey End, Methodist Church. Peter Morgan (2011). Link.
Lindridge, St. Lawrence. Aidan McRae Thomson. Another view. Graeme Harvey. Interior view. Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Little Comberton, St. Peter. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Longdon, St. Mary. Graeme Harvey (2012). Grade II* listed - link.
Lower Moor, St. Thomas. Two interior views - 1, 2, and a window. All Peter Morgan (2012). Link.
Lower Sapey, St. Bartholomew, now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. SO 699 602. Les Needham (2011). Link. Grade II* listed. The present church (also St. Bartholomew, 1876) stands a short distance away. Link. Grade II listed.

Madresfield, St. Mary the Virgin. Peter Morgan.
Malvern - see Great Malvern.
Mamble, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Martley, St. Peter. Dorothy Turley. Link.
Middle Littleton, St. Nicholas. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson.

Naunton Beauchamp, St. Bartholomew. Another view. Both Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
North Piddle, St. Michael and All Angels. Peter Morgan (2012).
Norton, St. Egwin. Jane Marriott.
Norton, St. James the Great. Methodist Church. Both Peter Morgan.

Offenham, St. Mary and St. Milburga. Aidan McRae Thomson. Taken from a very similar position, this old postcard is in Geoff Watt's Collection. Interior view. Aidan McRae Thomson.
Ombersley, St. Andrew (1828-9). Peter Morgan. Two interior views - 1, 2, and the organ, all Simon Edwards (2011). Simon advises that the previous church was demolished when the stream eroded the land and made it unsafe. The present church is by Thomas Rickman, who has an important place in church architecture and scholarship, particularly for his classification of the chronology of the various architectural styles. Grade II* listed.
Overbury, St. Faith. Interior view. Both Graeme Harvey (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.

Pebworth, St. Peter. Interior view. Both Tudorbarlow (Flickr).
Pendock Cross, The Redeemer Church. Another view. It has an outdoor font, which, though pretty, is stacked up on bricks. James advises that this was built in 1899 as a temporary mission church, but is still in use! Holy Redeemer (Pendock Old Church) is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Link. All James Murray.
Peopleton, St. Nicholas. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, and a window. All Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Pershore.
Pinvin, St. Nicholas. Another view. Both Rosemary Groves (2010).
Pirton, St. Peter. Another view. Both Peter Morgan. Two interior views - 1, 2, both Peter Morgan (2015). Link.
Powick, St. James (a chapel of ease). Stanbrook Abbey. St. Peter. All Peter Morgan.

Redditch.
Ribbesford, St. Leonard. From an old postcard in Geoff Watt's Collection. A modern view, and an interior view, both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Ripple, St. Mary the Virgin. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. A modern view, and an interior view, both Rosemary Groves (2010). Link.
Rochford, St. Michael. SO 692 685. David Adams. Link.
Rock, St. Peter & St. Paul. Bill McKenzie.
Romsley, St. Kenelm. SO 943 807. Roy Graham. Another view. John French. Methodist Church (1930). SO 962 799. Chris Emms (2011).
Rous Lench, St. Peter. The fine south doorway. Both Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Rushwick, St. Thomas at Crown East. Christopher Skottowe. Link. Grade II listed.

Sale Green, the former Primitive Methodist Chapel (1893), now in residential use. Peter Morgan (2012).
Salwarpe, St. Michael and All Angels. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2011). Another view, another interior, and a close-up of the reredos, all Peter Morgan (2015). Grade II* listed.
Sedgeberrow, St. Mary the Virgin. Rosemary Groves (2010). Another view, the porch, lych-gate and war memorial, all John Bowdler (2012). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Severn Stoke, St. Denys. Peter Morgan. Three further views - 1, 2, 3, all Dennis Harper (2012). News story about floods of 2012. Grade II* listed - link.
Shelsley Beauchamp, All Saints. Dorothy Turley.
Shelsley Walsh, St. Andrew. SO 721 630. Les Needham (2011). Grade I listed - link.
Shrawley, St. Mary. Dorothy Turley. Link.
South Littleton, St. Michael. Aidan McRae Thomson.
Spetchley, All Saints. Interior view, and an impressive monument. All Peter Morgan (2014). Grade II* listed. St. John the Baptist (R.C.) at Spetchley Park. The chapel is part of Spetchley Hall. Grade II* listed (for the hall, including chapel). Peter Morgan.
Stanbrook, St. Thomas. Peter Morgan (2015).
Stanford on Teme, The Blessed Virgin Mary. SO 702 658. Les Needham. Grade II* listed - link.
Stockton on Teme, St. Andrew. SO 716 673. Les Needham (2011). Grade II* listed - link.
Stoke Bliss, St. Peter. SO 651 629. Les Needham (2011). Grade I listed - link.
Stoke Prior, St. Michael. Vanessa Morgan. Another view, Peter Morgan (2011). Interior view. Aidan McRae Thomson. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Stone, St. Mary. Dorothy Turley.
Stoulton, St. Edmund, King and Martyr. Peter Morgan. The blocked South Door has a Lombard Band above. For comments on Lombard Bands, see Easton, above. Rich Jones. Grade II* listed.
Summerfield, disused church. Peter Morgan.

Tardebigge, St. Bartholomew, off High House Lane. Richard explains that the medieval church (1138), which collapsed in 1775, straddled the Worcestershire/Warwickshire county boundary. It was moved slightly for the re-build so that is now properly in Worcestershire. Interior view. SO 995 691. Both Richard Roberts (2015). Link. Grade II* listed.
Tenbury Wells.
The Hook, Hook Church. Peter Morgan.
Throckmorton, the Parish Church - "The Chapelry". Also known as Church in the Field. Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II* listed- link.
Tibberton, St. Peter ad Vincula. Peter Morgan.

Upper Arley, St. Peter. Two additional views - 1, 2, three interiors - 1, 2, 3, the altar and font. SO 764 804. All Dennis Harper (2013). Link. Grade II* listed.
Upton Snodsbury, St. Kenelm. Rosemary Groves (2010). Interior view, Tim Hollinghurst (2011). Link.
Upton-upon-Severn.
Upton Warren, St. Michael. Another view. Both Peter Morgan (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.

Welland, St. James. Peter Morgan.
West Malvern, St. James. June Norris.
White Ladies Aston, St. John the Baptist. Another view, and two interior views - 1, 2. All Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Whittington, St. Philip & St. James. Peter Morgan.
Wick, St. Mary. Peter Morgan. Another view. Aidan McRae Thomson. Interior view, Peter Morgan (2015). Grade II* listed.
Wilden, All Saints. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
Witley, St. Michael & All Angels. Disused church. Both Peter Morgan.
Wolverley, St. John the Baptist. Dorothy Turley. Link.
Worcester.
Wychbold, St. Mary de Wyche - consecrated 1888. Peter Morgan (2011). Link. Grade II listed - link.
Wyre Piddle, St. Anne. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, and the altar and window. Link. Grade B listed. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel now in residential use. All Peter Morgan (2012).
Wythall, the former St. Mary on Chapel Lane, now in commercial use. An 1862 church by Preedy, it was closed in 1999 for structural reasons.  A new church is to be built nearby. John Balaam (2015). Link. Grade II listed.

 

 
 

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22 February 2017

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