Monday, 1 August 2016
St Gregory's Church, Morville
Before we left Morville I just had time for a quick look round St Gregory's church. A church existed on the site by 1042 AD probably located a little to the North of the present church. No traces now remain of the earlier building. The present church was built by the Benedictine monks of Shrewsbury Abbey in 1118. It was made into a Priory which was dependent on the Abbey. The Priory at Morville was probably built on the site where Morville Hall stands today. St Gregory's was enlarged later in the 11th century and the tower was built. There was a restoration in the 19th century but the church interior still retains its Norman character. It is the only church in Shropshire dedicated to St Gregory.
There is a sad story in one of the leaflets available in the church which relates how, following the Bishop of Hereford's dedication in 1118, a thunderstorm developed as people were walking home and 2 women and 5 horses were struck by lightning and killed.
The broken ancient churchyard cross once had a sundial, mounted on the base, which was sadly stolen in 1997.
The South Door contains 12th century ironwork.
The East Window
There is a small piece of 13th century glass in one of the two Chancel windows (see photos below)
Four wooden figures above pillars in the Nave represent the four Evangelists. They are probably 17th century although their origin is unknown. Unfortunately, all my photos were blurred due to very low shutter speed so just one picture (the least blurred!!) which represents St Mark with a Winged Lion.
This ancient chest was hollowed from an oak tree and is probably much older than the 13th century ironwork.
The font has superb carvings and it is thought it could be Saxon.
A very beautiful and peaceful church steeped in history in a lovely location.