St Andrew's Church, Wroxeter, Shropshire
- What's nearby
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 seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries, with some excellent woodwork in the box pews, pulpit and altar rails. Inside the church are three wonderful sixteenth-century alabaster tombs - each has a lifesize, and eerily lifelike, 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.
A contribution can be made towards the conservation of the church by texting WRO to 70970 to donate £5, or 70191 to donate £10. Thank you for your support
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
A pair of eccentric churches
A strangely beautiful church
Parking available along road side adjecent to church. Sloping grass path through churchyard. Steps up to chancel and altar.
Disabled access information
There is a step into the porch and into the church. There are steps up to chancel and altar.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
Nearest railway station: Shrewsbury (4 miles). Bus route number 96 via Ironbridge to Telford.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Wroxeter Your Church Tour.pdf Shropshire & Staffordshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Shropshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
All our Shropshire churches are in our North region.
Useful local links
- Shropshire Tourist Information
- Shropshire Tourism website
- Secret Shropshire website
- Shropshire Family History Society
- Family Days Out in Shropshire
- Shropshire History
- Shropshire Historic Churches Trust
- Discover Shropshire Ironbridge Gorge Museum
- Visit Ironbridge
- Diocese of Hereford
- Diocese of Lichfield
- List of churches in Shropshire