St Leonard's Church, Linley, Shropshire

Address: St Leonard’s Church, Linley, Barrow, Shropshire, TF12 5JU
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The church in the Lime Wood

This secluded medieval delight is a near-complete 12th century church. Located in Linley, meaning Lime Wood, it is built entirely from local rubble stone except for the dressing stones and a tiled roof.

The Norman church complete with late 12th century tower was built as a chapel for the beautiful medieval town of Much Wenlock. The south doorway was possibly relocated when the tower was built, and the ancient studded door has strap hinges. The north doorway is blocked but its weathered tympanum features a mysterious green man.

The interior contains more Romanesque carving as illustrated by the round tub font. The decoration consists of carved of cable-moulding around the rim, and medallions which, on the north side, emerge from the mouths of demonic masks.

Some restoration in the 19th century led to tiled floors throughout, with encaustic tiles in the sanctuary by Maw & Co. In 1858 Sir Arthur Blomfield paid for the enlargement of the nave windows, the rebuilding of the east wall with a new window, the installation of new benches, and pews and choir stalls with shaped ends and open backs.

The chancel has a panelled dado made in 1858 from former pews. A particularly charming addition is the altar triptych of a cross and angels painted on board, by Harry Burrows circa.1870.

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Road directions

Located 2½ miles SW by S of Broseley, and 4 NW by N of Bridgnorth. The church is situated off the B4373 Bridgnorth Road along a rough track.

Public transport information

The nearest train stations to Linley are Church Stretton (6.60 miles), Craven Arms (7.90 miles) and Telford (9.54miles). Arriva Buses departing from Telford and Bridgnorth (99 99a) stop at Linley Brook. The church is approximately 30 mins walk from the stop For service information call Arriva buses 0844 800 44 11

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  1. Fr Jonathan Elcock (17 Jul 2013, 18:11)

    I recall that Mr Layton Lowndes JP, a ritualist, the tenant of Linley Hall, was the force behind the reordering and rebuilding work done by Blomfield at Linley in the 1850s.

    See VCH Shropshire Vol 10

  2. Rich (13 Nov 2013, 16:46)

    A little gem.

    If you are travelling to this church I (as a local) recommend making time to also visit St Giles Barrow (C8 5 miles away) and Much Wenlock Priory (also 5 miles away).

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St Leonard's Church, Linley, Shropshire

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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 from the church yard through the west porch door to all areas of the church, with two steps to the sanctuary/altar and Jesse Window. Access ramps to the coffee shop are in place.

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.