ST WERBURGH'S CHURCH

 

HISTORY

 

The C of E Parish Church of St Werburgh dates from the 13th Century and was extended and restored in the 19th Century. 

Most of the church is 13th-century work to a 12th-century core with some 15th-century stone facings. Rebuilt north and south aisle extensions date to 1824 and 1869 and the chancel to 1862 by Hine and Evans of Nottingham. Material used consists of coursed and finely dressed sandstone blocks; lead roofs to nave and aisles hidden behind parapets and Welsh slate to chancel with verge parapets. Five 14th century levels form its tower: the top stage was entirely rebuilt to the incumbent's own design in 1883; strings engraved in stone mark off the two upper stages; diagonal buttresses are fixed to three stages; pinnacles and gargoyles at the angles and its parapet is crenellated with a fretted arcade frieze of pointed arches below. Paired bell-chamber openings with two lights and a panel tracery are over similar single windows to the lower stage. Five lights make up the pointed west window in two tiers with four-centred arch doors below. A niche was set in the south side first stage of 1842 containing a statue of St Werburgh, with a pointed door below. A mainly 19th century south aisle has four unequal bays alternately short/long and is divided by three-stage buttresses finished as gabletted pinnacles above the parapet roof; with three light labelled pointed windows with panel tracery to all but one that has two lights; a pointed labelled door is on the building's left. Three bays form the clerestory inset from the ends that has three three-light windows with panel tracery and three centred labelled heads. Altered in 1870 the north aisle is similar to the south.
A significantly different style is used in the chancel most noticeable by the steeply-pitched roof and decorated masonry windows; this runs to three bays supported by two-stage buttresses. Two light pointed windows (but a single-light to the south-west corner) are to each of the three bays. Against the inner buttress of the east bay is the Priest door. Five lights (main panes) make up the pointed east window and a vestry is to the north. A painted diagonally boarded roof and painted walls depict religious scenes, all in reasonably subdued colours.

St Werburgh's Church is a member of the United Benefice of Draycott, Hanbury, Newborough, Rangemore and Tutbury. 

 

Weddings, Funerals and Christenings can be organised after consultation with our vicar, Revd Leslie (Les) Rees, whose contact details are below. The church can seat approx 200 people, there is car parking for 20 cars and more spaces on Church Lane.

The basic cost of a wedding service is £392, with additional costs for a choir, bell-ringers, an organist and a verger.

 

For details of Service times at St Werburgh's Church, please go to 

 

Post Office. Post Office services are available in the church room every Tuesday from 10 to 12am.

A coffee morning also takes place in the church room on the 1st Tuesday each month to coincide with the Post Office.

 

 

Church Contacts:

Vicar: Les Rees on 01283 810615 or email les.rees@gmail.com

Churchwarden: Judy Ireland on 01283 813932

 

 

 

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