St Leonard's Church, Linley, Shropshire

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St Leonard's Church, Barrow, Shropshire, TF12 5JU
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Open daily 10.00am - 4.00pm
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The church in the Lime Wood

This secluded medieval delight is a near-complete twelfth-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 twelfth-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 cable-moulding around the rim, and medallions which, on the north side, emerge from the mouths of demonic masks. Some restoration in the nineteenth 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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