St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Address: St Leonards Close, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4EJ
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Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
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A vast church with an explosive history

The proud red Gothic tower of St Leonard’s dominates Bridgnorth’s skyline. Surrounding it is an oval of charming houses, almost like a cathedral close.

Inside, the church has the airy vastness of a cathedral - the size is breathtaking. The width of the nave and aisles together is not much less than that of St Paul’s Cathedral in London and as you walk in from the door under the tower you get an extraordinary sense of space being slowly revealed.

Seemingly Medieval, it is in fact almost entirely a Victorian restoration. This is because disaster struck during the Civil War when St Leonard’s was used by Cromwell’s troops as an ammunition store. A cannon shot caused it to explode, and fire swept through the town. The church was repaired, and in the 17th-century, the magnificent nave roof was installed.

Most of the current church dates from the 19th century building campaign under the Revd George Bellett, whose monument is in the church. The interior is beautiful – look out for the umbrella stands on the pews.

All the woodwork, stained glass, tiles and stonework inside are of exceptionally high quality and there are a number of interesting memorials to well-known townspeople over the centuries. The most unusual are the four cast-iron monuments dating from 1692 to 1707, probably made at Richard Knight’s ironworks nearby.

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Road directions

Centre of Bridgnorth High Town, via High Street, Church street and St Leonard's Close.

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Telford (10 miles), Wolverhampton (14 miles) and Bridgnorth Severn Valley Railway. Bus routes via Arriva buses.

OS Reference No.

SO 717 934

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PDF iconA walk round guide for St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth (PDF, 1.3mb)

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, 4.75mb)

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  1. Edmund King (14 Apr 2012, 18:02)

    I visited the Church last Thursday as my 4 x Great Grandparents were married there @ 1797. The two people that I spoke to were very very helpful and showed me how to get to the other Church in Bridegnorth

  2. J PILLOW (30 Dec 2012, 19:07)

    A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH,INFORMATION GIVEN BY THE GUIDE VERY HELPFUL AND MOMENTS OF PEACE AND SOLITUDE ARE RESPECTED.THE STAINED GLASS IS MARVELLOUS,WELL WORTH A VISIT

  3. Wiiliam Hugh Nicolson (14 Jan 2013, 16:58)

    I was married there 58 years ago today. Unfortunately my dear wife. Leslie Rosemary, died in 2011, and on a whim I just looked at this website and viewed that wonderful picture of the interior of your beautiful church. It brought back that moment when we became man and wife, on a similarly snowy day as today, so vividly that my eyes filled with tears. The vicar who performed the ceremony was the Rev. Wallace Cox.

  4. V smith (18 Feb 2013, 19:20)

    Rev Wallace Cox was my Grandfather - my father has very fond memories of his childhood in the town.

  5. Lesley Berry (21 Feb 2013, 13:02)

    I have not visited the church, but paid a fleeting visit Bridgnorth a few years ago and climbed to High Town-think the railway was not working that day. I remember the imposing view of the church tower dominating the view.Since then I've wanted to return for a longer stay.

    I am doing family reseach and have just discovered a "removed" cousin who was married in the church by the Rev. George Bellett in 1859.I was very interested to read about him.
    My "cousin" was Samuel Morris from Bilstone who married Anne Elizabeth Cliff on Jan.11th 1859.
    Now I will HAVE to return!

    PS Love your wild flowers on the roundabout. One of the best memories of Bridgnorth!!

  6. JAMES YATES (20 Aug 2013, 03:15)

    I VISITED THE CHURCH A FEW YEARS AGO . MY GRANDMA & GRANDAD WHER MARRIED THIER IN 1908. A LOVELLY PLACE SURROUNDED BY BUILDINGS IN A UNUSUAL CIRCLE. MY GRANDMA WAS FROM OLDBURY BRIDGENORTH MY NGRANDFATHER FROM DARWEN LANCASHIRE BRIDGENORTH A WONDERFULL PLACE I WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND HOPE TO RETURN SOON.

  7. James Coupoe (29 Aug 2013, 09:53)

    We and others visited yesterday, but it was closed and there was no keyholder information and only the sign giving the opening times as stated on the web site. Would have thought that at least a sign to say its closed would be useful.

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St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Wheelchair access is possible along a stone path through the churchyard, but there are cobbles outside the main door and a step up to the choir and altar.

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.