HANBURY

Grid Ref: SK 171 279
10 April 2005

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Hanbury is a hilltop village with the church commanding the summit. The church was largely rebuilt in the 1860's and 1880s. century but inside there are some some 13th century pillars in the arcades. The top 20 feet of the tower were added in 1883. The chancel was built in 1862 by Hine and Evans of Nottingham. The north aisle was rebuilt in 1869.

A service was in progress when I arrived so I did not see the interior but it has an alabaster monument to a knight, possibly Sir John de Hanbury, who died about 1303. Pevsner states that if this identification is correct, it is the oldest known English alabaster effigy.

Sources:

The Buildings of England, Staffordshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin, 1974, ISBN 0 14 071046 9
The Old Parish Churches of Staffordshire,
by Mike Salter, Folly Publications, 1996.

 

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