St Andrew's Church, Wroxeter, Shropshire

Address: Wroxeter, Wroxeter, Shropshire, SY5 6PH
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A Saxon church built on the Roman site of Viroconium

St Andrew’s is built on the Roman site of Viroconium, the fourth largest town of Roman Britain, and the evidence for the ancient town is everywhere. The gateposts are made from two Roman columns; the walls contain massive Roman stones; and the huge font is made from an inverted Roman column base. The church is an archaeologist’s delight.

Though some of the building dates from before the Domesday Book (1086), it has been altered and enlarged throughout the centuries. The interior dates mostly from the 17th- and 18th-centuries, with some excellent woodwork in the box pews, pulpit and altar rails.

Inside the church are three wonderful 16th-century alabaster tombs – each has a life-size, and eerily life-like, painted figure lying in repose. The earliest and finest commemorates Sir Thomas Bromley and his wife Mabel. He was Lord Chief Justice, and is shown in his lawyer’s attire, while his wife wears a fine headdress.

On the front of the tomb is the charming figure of their daughter Margaret. Margaret’s own tomb is opposite that of her parents, alongside her husband Sir Richard Newport, who wears full armour. Their mourning sons and daughters are shown below. Other fine tablets and memorials are well worth seeing, and so too is the splendid Royal Arms of 1765.

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Road directions

4 miles south east of Shrewsbury on B4380 Shrewsbury to Ironbridge road. Follow brown St. Andrew's Church tourism sign off B4380, access road past English Heritage Roman town site; church in village past Wroxeter Hotel

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Shrewsbury (4 miles). Bus route number 96 via Ironbridge to Telford.

OS Reference No.

SJ 564 083

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PDF iconA walk round guide for St Andrew's Church, Wroxeter (PDF, 638kb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconShropshire & Staffordshire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Shropshire & Stafforddshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Michael Cooke (15 Nov 2011, 21:37)

    Very beautiful church with interesting roman connections and artefacts inside and outside the church- Very beautiful tombs with much detail on the costumes. Font is unique as far as i know. The nearby excavations of the roman city which are ongoing are well worth a visit

  2. Nick Maltby (31 May 2012, 12:18)

    My wife and I visited this church on 22may 2012. We had come to Wroxeter to see the recently constructed Roman villa, which had been the subject of a Channel four TV programme. We drove past the church and decided to stop and have a look. We find ourselves attracted by ancient churches and often stop to look at them as we travel around.
    They are a very rich source of English History.
    St Andrew's was stunning, probably one of the best preserved, in its 17th/18th Century state that we have visited. The tombs with their effigies, for me, represented 'the icing on the cake'.
    What made this visit so special is that it was made purely by chance.
    It certainly made my day. I am putting the photos I took on 'YouTube.

  3. Stephen (16 Mar 2014, 11:03)

    Beautiful and fairly accessible. The tombs are of important figures in the history of Shropshire, and in Bromley's case a figure of national significance who was an executor of Henry VIII and a member of Edward VI's regency council. (Incidentally, his wife was actually called Isabel Lyster, not Mabel.) In the middle ages, the church belonged to Haughmond Abbey, a few miles north and well worth a visit at the same time: it was given mid-12th century by William FitzAlan, ancestor of the Earls of Arundel and a prominent Angevin supporter in the region.

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St Andrew's Church, Wroxeter, Shropshire

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Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.