Oldberrow - St. Mary
St Mary’s Oldberrow is another rare thing: a simple church that is never closed, not for one minute of the year. The simple, small building is very welcoming and soaked in prayer. It was rebuilt in 1875 on the site of a medieval church. Many historic features have been reset, including a magnificent ancient font. All is surrounded by what is known as the best wildflower churchyard in Warwickshire. There are quiet services at 4 pm on alternate Sundays.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Morton Bagot is to quote Pevsner:
That rare thing: an unrestored and unneglected church.
It is a simple 13th Century small village church, with an uncomplicated nave and a peaceful chancel with stone walls. Electricity and mains water have never intruded on the ancient stone. In the depths of winter the candlelight is magical.
The setting on a bank next to Church Farm is stunning. There are open views of the hills around, with an iron age fort clearly visible behind the church.
The Church of the Holy Ascension
It appears that a settlement of some kind could be found at Mappleborough Green from a very early date. According to Dugdale the village was originally known as “The Haywood” or “The Grove Haia”, which in 1201, Peter Corbizum granted to “William son of Geoffrey”. In 1341, this land was surrendered to Peter de Montfort of Beaudesert. Until 1824 it remained part of the common waste of the parish of Studley.
The Church of the Holy Ascension is a ‘plant’ of Studley and was commissioned and financed by Sir William Jaffray, Bart. (of Skilts). Built in memory of his first wife Mabel, the Church was initially opened on Wednesday 11th July 1888. The Dedication sermon was preached by The Lord Bishop of Worcester. (The Church was included in the Worcester Diocese.)
The building specifications are recorded in a document written at the time of the Church’s unveiling. ‘For its size the Church has an aspect of unusual dignity due alike to the excellent proportions designed by the architect and to the skilful manner in which the constructional ornament is combined with severe simplicity of general lines.’
Mappleborough Church is well known for its warm welcome, where people feel comfortable whether they are regular worshippers or visitors Services are held every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and alternate between traditional, contemporary and lively all age worship. Details can be found on the weekly news sheet and monthly diary page on this website.
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