ASTLEY, WORCESTERSHIRE.                 SO 787677

ST. PETER

Church of England. Grade 1. 12th century.  Norman

Church Lane, Astley, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire. DY13 0RJ

www.astleyanddunley.org.uk/st_peters_church

 
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church

This Norman church stands proudly on a hill with commanding views of rural Worcestershire. Flower beds surround the sandstone building.

 

The churchyard is the final resting place of Frances Ridley Havergal the Victorian poet and hymn writer who was born in Astley in 1836.

 

Inside this Norman building the Chantry Chapel houses the painted tombs of the Blount family.


 

LOOK FOR

  • Gargoyles above porch. Possibly an example  of  the work of masons Hereford  School  Sculpture.
  • Blount  family tombs. Painted effigy’s in 16th.cent. costume .
  • Grave of Frances  Ridley Havergal. Renowned hymn writer and  poet. 
  • Site of Priory  since 1102. One of only 2 alien houses in U.K. dedicated to St. Taurin of Everaux in France, the other being Knelston, on the  Gower, Wales.
  • Some unique architectural features such as a double pilaster string course.
  • A modern stained glass window depiciting Water to commemorate the Millennium. 

LOCATION AND TRAVEL   Approximately 4 miles from Stourport off  B4196  towards Worcester.

Right turn at cross roads at Bull Hill signposted  Yarhampton and Church .

Or left turn off  the A451 from Stourport,   in Dunley  Village after passing Dog Inn.

SERVICES For times of services please go to www.astleyanddunley.org.uk/st_peters_church.

Linked with St.Bartholomews , Arley Kings.

ADDITIONAL OPENING TIMES AND ARRANGEMENTS

Open during daylight hours .

LOCAL CONTACT  EMAIL  victor.c.powell@tesco.net   TELEPHONE 01299 877290

FACILITIES 

Disabled access, Toilets, Guide Books, Churchyard map.

FACILITIES FOR GROUPS  Guided tour can be  arranged .

CHURCH RECORDS -available at Worcester Record Office.

 

LOCAL INFORMATION

Astley is a scattered rural village in two halves astride the B4196.

Village Web site. http://www.astleyvillageparishcouncil.org.uk/Noticeboard.htm

Places to Eat. The Dog Inn, Dunley.  The Hampstal Inn, Astley Burf .

Places to Stay. 

Woodhampton House , Bed  &Breakfast , Weather Lane, Astley. www.woodhamptonhouse.co.uk   The   Elms  Hotel , Abberley.  The   Hundred House   Hotel , Great   Witley .Regular Activities.  Coffee morning in aid of Church held   1st. Thursday  of  each month in the Village Hall.

Petrol Station. 'Fields' Dunley.

Things to do. There are many local walks in this area of beautiful countryside Franciscan  Monastery and Retreat  House at Glasshampton .

Visit St. Mary's Shrawley. The Severn Valley  Railway,  West Midland Safari Park , Hanbury Hall (N.T).   Bridgnorth area, Dudmaston  Hall, (N.T). 

Witley Court (E H) and Parish Church.