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26 July 2005 & 14 July 2021


St. Mary's High Offley in 2005
In July 2021
Manor House
Manor House under repair in 2021

High Offley sits on a rise with excellent views from the churchyard westwards into Shropshire and south towards the Shropshire Union Canal. Part of the north wall of St. Mary's including the doorway is late Norman, dating from about 1200. The south arcade of five bays was built a little later in the 13th century. The base of the tower is late 13th century but the upper section is 16th or 17th century. The south porch is Victorian. The tower has four bells of which one is 15th century. Another, from 1601, has on it the prayer for Queen Elizabeth I:

God Save the church, our Queen and Realm
And send us peace in Christ.

Nearby, stands the manor house, which in 2005, was undergoing restoration while the manor farm buildings had been converted to attractive modern apartments. On my return trip in 2021 the manor house was still undergoing restoration.


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

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