WILDEN, WORCESTERSHIRE. 52.347760, -2.2595680

ALL SAINTS

Church of England.  Grade 11. 1880.  Late Victorian

Wilden Lane, Stourport, Worcestershire. DY13 9LR

http://www.cofe-wilden.org.uk/


One of the Burn Jones windows
One of the Burn Jones windows

All Saints, Wilden is a surprise! The small brick-built Victorian church has strong connections with the Arts and Craft movement .  The church features 14 Burne-Jones windows, a gold-thread altar frontispiece designed by William Morris, altar hangings from Westminster Abbey, an illuminated prayer book and the Baldwin silver Communion Plate. 

 

Outside the large churchyard is home to a variety of wildlife, (woodpeckers, hedgehogs, squirrels, overhead buzzards etc.), and is enhanced in springtime by the bank of wild daffodils. A number of 'interesting' graves include those of the Baldwin ancestors, (not Stanley), and a local foundry worker killed by the cannon fired to celebrate Alfred Baldwin's success in the Parliamentary elections. The grave of Thomas Jones is a focal point each year on July 15th. Thomas was a local benefactor who left a considerable amount to Wilden School. Each year on his birthdate the schoolchildren gather around the grave with posies and sing happy songs as he requested.

 

LOOK FOR

 

  • The 14 Burne-Jones window lights Very good examples of Burne Jones & William Morris craftsmanship at their best: strong colours and related to local history stories.
  • Brass plaques inside the church and graves outside, dedicated to Baldwin family members, including a brass plaque recalling Stanley Baldwin, three times Prime Minister of England. Outside there is also a newly restored angel monument, replicating the Burne Jones angels of the windows.
  • Arts and crafts hangings and altar frontispiece. Exquisite workmanship. 
  • The grave of Thomas Jones. A local benefactor; a humble cowman who saved his life’s earnings and then  left a substantial sum to provide the Wilden School Children with an annual trip. On July 15th the school children gather round his grave with posies of flowers to mark his birthday. This event is almost as old as the church!
  • The Father Willis organ- installed in 1880 when the church was commissioned. On Open Days when our organist is in attendance, he not only plays the organ but also conducts tours through the vestry and shows the inner workings and mechanics!
  • Join the ‘stewards’ at the rear of the church for a coffee and a chat. We are always happy to tell you about the church, its history, its people  and answer questions.
  • Revisit us!

 

The West Window
The West Window
Visitors on a wet day.
Visitors on a wet day.

LOCATION AND TRAVEL  Wilden Church is situated on the north east outskirts of Stourport-on-Severn. From the south and Worcester travel along the A449 passing the A4509 before taking the Hartlebury turn towards Stourport-on-Severn. After the Stourport Manor Hotel turn right at the bottom of the hill and travel 800 yards to Wilden Church. 

From the north  travel to Kidderminster then follow the signs around the ring road until reaching the island where both a brick viaduct and a McDonalds restaurant are visible. Wilden is signed at this point. Travel a mile; Wilden Church is on the left, adjacent to the school.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT  http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/bus/timetables

Service number 13 passes through Wilden

SERVICES  

Regular Sunday service at 10.30, (in event of no service, details on notice board.)

Occasional concerts, quizzes, Art & Photographic Exhibitions, etc. Adverts of websites, notice boards and newsletters.

1. http://www.wildentowitley.org.uk 

2 http://www.achurchnearyou.com/wilden-all-saints/

 ADDITIONAL OPENING TIMES AND ARRANGEMENTS

 Wilden is open on the 1st Saturday of each month, school holiday Wednesdays between 10 am and 2 pm, and other times by appointment.

 LOCAL CONTACT  EMAIL pamela.craven@btopenworld.com

TELEPHONE 01299 878224

FACILITIES

Guides    Toilets  Guide Books.  Refreshments.  Visitors' Chaplaincy. Churchyard Map.


FACILITIES FOR GROUPS- Facilities for Group visits with maximum numbers  (100)   Talks , refreshments (Toilet)


FACILITIES FOR THOSE RESEARCHING FAMILY OR LOCAL HISTORY- we have a collection of old photos, almanacs etc. which we make available and also try to provide help needed. We will make the registers available when necessary, (with standard payment).


FACILITIES FOR THOSE SEEKING SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT

We can make available a quiet prayer area. Our intentions is to produce a prayer card for visitors who would like to have a few quiet moments.


CHURCH RECORDS -indicate where and how you church records can be accessed.  There is always someone available on Open Days to access information sources and at other times by making an appointment using numbers on the web or notice boards.

LOCAL INFORMATION

The churches on the Wilden to Witley Trail- 12 churches, opening times on Trail leaflet.  http://www.wildentowitley.org.uk 

Occasional concerts, quizzes, Art & Photographic Exhibitions, etc. Adverts of websites, notice boards and newsletters.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/bus/timetables  Number 13 from Kidderminster to Stourport passes through Wilden.

LOCAL FACILITIES

Baldwin Industrial Estates- some open to public trading, e.g. The Wash House

A local post office/ newsagent and general purpose shop.

Places to eat The Rock Tavern- pub with fine dining facilities. (also a sponsor of the Wilden to Witley Trail).

Hillary Road- Cedars Garden Centre, (seasonal plants). 

Muddy Duck Rescue

Places to Stay

The Stourport  Manor Hotel, Hartlebury Road. (Sponsor of our Wilden to Witley Trail leaflet).

Premier Inn, Kidderminster

Local B & Bs, (Baldwin Houe, Oakleigh House, The Angel Pub on Stourport riverside).

Things to do

Follow the Wilden to Witley Trail.

Walks: Lots of places to walk, including Hartlebury Common, The Old Railway Line, (Leapgate Park) and the canal side leading to the Stourport River basins.

Stourport-on-Severn and the historic Basin area: There are several cafes and tea rooms, pubs serving all day food and by the river there is a play area featuring children’s slides, swings etc., a paddling pool, a crazy golf course, and all the fun of the fair at Shipley’s Amusement Arcade and Fun Park.

 Hartlebury Castle: Displays of local life, (toys, school room, kitchen etc.) and a large collection of Romany Caravans. Café and gift shop. Children’s activities during holidays.

West Midland Safari Park

Severn Valley Railway