Church of England. Grade. 1150. NORMAN
St Leonard’s Church Ribbesford, BEWDLEY Worcs DY12 2TG
The church is situated in idyllic countryside about 0.75 m from Bewdley town centre, close to the River Severn.
Timbered Bell Turret housing two 18th century bells and a third bell possibly 13th century: Norman Doorway depicting an archer aiming at a strange creature: large churchyard with wonderful views across the River Severn.
This ancient building is particularly noted by local people for its peace and serenity. It contains many interesting features and its particularly lovely setting makes it a popular church for weddings.
1 Pulpit and the 15th century carvings of fox preaching to geese.
2 Bullet holes in weather vane. Made by Free French stationed nearby in WW2.
3 Norman doorway and the strange animal being shot by archer.
4 The West window made by William Morris from a design by E. Burne-Jones.
5 Lady chapel altar frontal, a modern embroidery for the Millenium.
6 South aisle and the wooden pillars of English oak.
LOCATION AND TRAVEL
Access to the church is along an impressive avenue of horse chestnut trees off the B4194, one mile south from Bewdley town centre. There is free parking adjacent to the churchyard.
On Foot: The church is roughly halfway round the Ribbesford Circular Trail (2miles). Maps are available from Tourist Information in Bewdley. In addition, the Worcestershire Way goes through the churchyard.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT First Midlands Bus Company runs a half-hourly service between Kidderminster and Bewdley.email www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/worcestershire_herefordshire
There is no bus service to St Leonard’s.
ADDITIONAL OPENING TIMES AND ARRANGEMENTS
The church is open every day during daylight hours.
LOCAL CONTACT E.MAIL TELEPHONE
www.bewdleyparish.org.uk 01299 405385
Disabled access, Induction Loop, Children’s activity, Guides, Toilets,
Refreshments, Churchyard map.
Church Records are with the Diocesan Registry The Hive, Worcester.
IN THE LOCAL AREA
TIC, Museum, Tourist town
OPEN CHURCHES AND PLACES TO VISIT
Ribbesford, Rock, All Saint’s
Bewdley has an abundance of places to eat and drink, from fish and chips by the river to fine cuisine at the Mughouse Restaurant by the river. The TIC has details of where to stay.
Regular events and activities
Jan – Duck Race
May Day celebrations
Pub & Club Races
Bewdley Festival in October
Regular Farmer’s Market Ist Sunday of the month