St Michael's Church, Upton Cressett, Shropshire

Address: Upton Cressett, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6UH
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A picturebook country church

St Michael’s sits in a quiet, idyllic valley west of Bridgnorth. With its stone walls and moss-covered roof this mostly Norman church looks as much a part of the landscape as the trees that surround it.

In February, a carpet of snowdrops enlivens the graveyard.

The church’s interior is sparsely furnished and has a lovely Norman arch in the centre. Just inside the door are the only remains of a couple of figures forming two incomplete scenes from a Nativity cycle.

Nearby is Upton Cressett Hall, a privately owned manor, built in the reign of Elizabeth I.

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Road directions

4 miles west of Bridgnorth, off A458 Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth road; Upton Cressett is signed from the main road west of Tasley; follow brown St. Michael's Church tourism signs and fingerpost sign immediately before Upton Cressett Hall

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Telford (10 miles).

OS Reference No.

SO 656 925

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 Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconShropshire & Staffordshire County Guide (PDF, 4.75mb)

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

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Comments

  1. Susan Scrase (01 Oct 2012, 18:15)

    Absolute enchantment. I visited this church on a golden autumn afternoon that highlighted the soft warmth of the roof. No-one else around and the peace was all-encompassing. All I could hear was the plaintive cry of buzzards and the croak of ravens. But I somehow missed the wall paintings! Well worth getting off the beaten track to visit. The Hall is an amazing bonus.

  2. David Machin (06 Oct 2012, 17:48)

    I am afraid I haven't yet visited this church but now intend to do so as soon as possible. I have recently found out that my great-great-great grandfather, the Rev'd Dr William Towne, was Rector of this church for a long time, from 1791 to his death in 1829 aged 68. The only other information I have about him is that he was chaplain to the Duke of Cumberland, one of George III's sons ( not "the Butcher"), and to the City of London Lying-in Hospital.

    Do you happen to know if there is anybody - a local historian perhaps - who might have more information about him. And I wonder if he is buried at Upton Cresset.

    I would be very grateful for any information you may have though I appreciate that this is not the real purpose of this website.

  3. Emmalena Ellis (24 Nov 2012, 03:30)

    David Machin, I to am a relation of Dr Towne and have done quite a large amount of research on him. Please feel free to get in contact with me and I will share what I can :) I've also visited the church it is indeed beautiful. Emmalena Ellis emmalenaellis (@)yahoo (.)co(.)uk

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St Michael's Church, Upton Cressett, 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.

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.