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Separate pages of this website list the larger religious establishments in Shropshire like abbeys. Most villages and towns have at least one parish church and many of these are quite old.  It seems that the Saxons built a few but most were built by the Normans, although many have been altered over the years.

 

As well as churches, there were many smaller buildings known as chapels.  These can usually be recognized from the lack of a tower or spire that most churches possess.  Quite often, chapels were built by non-conformist congregations which were very popular amongst the mining communities of Shropshire.

 

In 1662, the Act of Uniformity was passed and this prescribed the way that public worship was to be carried out. Nobody would be able to have a job in the church or government unless they complied. An immediate result of this Act was that over 2,000 clergymen refused to take the oath and were expelled from the Church of England. A great many ordinary citizens also rebelled against this Act and this created the concept of non-conformist religion.  Groups considered to be non-conformist include :-

 

Baptists

Congregationalists

Methodists

Plymouth Brethren

Presbyterians

Quakers

Salvation Army

Unitarians.

 

Despite this attempt to enforce the Anglican religion on Britain, the religious census of 1851 revealed that total non-conformist attendance was very close to that of Anglicans. In 1872 the terms of the Act were modified but the non-conformist religions continued to thrive.

 

 

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Shropshire’s Non-Conformist Chapels

 

 

 

Gazetteer of Churches

 

Location

Dedication

Date of Construction

Acton Burnell

St Mary

1250-80

Acton Round

St Mary

12th Century

Adderley

St Peter

1635–36

Albrighton

St John the Baptist

1840

Alderbury

St Michael & All Angels

7th Century

Alveley

St Mary

1140

Annscroft

Christ Church

1870

Ash

Christ Church

1836

Ashford Bowdler

St Andrew

12th Century

Ashford Carbonell

St Mary Magdalene

11th Century

Ashley

St John the Baptist

17th Century

Astley

St Mary

10th Century

Astley Abbotts

St Calixtus

1138

Aston Eyre

None

1132

Atcham

St Eata

1075

Badger

St Giles

12th Century

Barrow

St Giles

8th Century

Baschurch

All Saints

6th Century

Battlefield

St Mary Magdalene

1403

Bayston Hill

Christ Church

1843

Beckbury

St Milburga

13th Century

Benthall

St Bartholomew

1667

Berrington

All Saints

13th Century

Bicton

Holy Trinity

1885

Billingsley

St Mary

1140

Bishop’s Castle

St John the Baptist

13th Century

Bitterley

St Mary

12th Century

Bolas Magna

St John the Baptist

1726

Boraston

St John the Baptist

13th Century

Bridgnorth

St Leonard

19th Century

Bridgnorth

St Mary Magdalene

12th Century

Broadstone

Broadstone Chapel

17th Century

Bromfield

St Mary

1155

Broseley

All Saints

1845

Broughton

St Mary

1858

Buildwas

Holy Trinity

14th Century

Burford

St Mary

12th Century

Calverhall

Holy Trinity

1872

Cardeston

St Michael

12th Century

Cardington

St James

12th Century

Caynham

St Mary

12th Century

Chelmarsh

St Peter

1345

Cheswardine

St Swithun

13th Century

Chetton

St Giles

13th Century

Chetwynd

St Michael & All Saints

11th Century

Child’s Ercall

St Michael

13th Century

Chirbury

St Michael

12th Century

Church Aston

St Andrews

1867

Church Preen

St John the Baptist

1220

Church Pulverbatch

St Edith

1773

Church Stretton

St Laurence

12th Century

Claverley

All Saints

11th Century

Clee St Margaret

St Margaret

7th Century

Cleeton St Mary

St Mary

1860

Cleobury Mortimer

St Mary

12th Century

Clive

All Saints

11th Century

Clun

St George

12th Century

Clunbury

St Swithun

12th Century

Clungunford

St Cuthbert

14th Century

Coalbrookdale

Holy Trinity

1851

Cockshutt

St Simon & St Jude

1777

Coreley

St Peter

13th Century

Cound

St Peter

13th Century

Cressage

Christ Church

1841

Criftins

St Matthew

1870

Crudgington

St Mary

1863

Culmington

All Saints

11th Century

Diddlebury

St Peter

1010

Ditton Priors

St John the Baptist

12th Century

Donnington Wood

St Matthew

1843

Dorrington

St Edward

1845

Dudleston

St Mary

12th Century

Eaton-under-Heywood

St Edith

12th Century

Eaton Constantine

St Mary

1714

Edgmond

St Peter

1122

Edgton

St Michael

11th Century

Edstaston

St Mary

12th Century

Ellesmere

St Mary

12th Century

Eyton

St Catherine

1743

Fauls

Holy Emmanuel

19th Century

Fitz

St Peter & St Paul

1722

Ford

St Michael

12th Century

Gobowen

All Saints

1926

Great Ness

St Andrew

13th Century

Greete

St James

12th Century

Grinshill

All Saints

1839

Hadley

Holy Trinity

1856

Hadnall

St Mary Magdalene

1190

Hanwood

St Thomas

17th Century

Harlescott

Emmanuel

2001

Harlescott

Holy Spirit

1961

Harley

St Mary

13th Century

Haughton

St Chad

19th Century

Heath

None

12th Century

High Ercall

St Michael

12th Century

Highley

St Mary

12th Century

Hinstock

St Oswald

1719

Hodnet

St Luke

12th Century

Holdgate

Holy Trinity

12th Century

Hope Bagot

St John the Baptist

12th Century

Hope Bowdler

St Andrew

13th Century

Hopesay

St Mary

12th Century

Hopton Wafers

St Michael & All Angels

1827

Hordley

St Mary

1109

Hughley

St John the Baptist

13th Century

Ightfield

St John the Baptist

15th Century

Ironbridge

St Luke

19th Century

Jackfield

St Mary

1863

Kemberton

St Andrew

1882

Ketley

St Mary

1838

Kinlet

St John the Baptist

12th Century

Kinnerley

St Mary

17th Century

Knockin

St Mary

1182

Knowbury

St Paul

1885

Kynnersley

St Chad

14th Century

Langley  

None

1601

Lawley

St John the Evangelist

1865

Leaton

Holy Trinity

1859

Lee Brockhurst

St Peter

12th Century

Leebotwood

St Mary

13th Century

Leighton

St Mary

11th Century

Lilleshall

St Michael & All Angels

12th Century

Linley

St Leonard

12th Century

Little Ness

St Martin

12th Century

Little Stretton

All Saints

1903

Little Wenlock

St Lawrence

12th Century

Llanyblodwel

St Michael

1846-56

Llanymynech

St Agatha

1844

Longdon on Tern

St Bartholomew

18th Century

Longford

None

13th Century

Longnor

St Mary

1260–80

Loppington

St Michael

12th Century

Ludford

St Giles

12th Century

Ludlow

St Laurence

13th Century

Lydbury North

St Michael & All Angels

12th Century

Lyneal with Colemere

St John the Evangelist

1869

Madeley

St Michael

1796

Maesbrook

St John

1875

Maesbury

St John the Baptist

1906

Malinslee

St Leonard

1805

Market Drayton

Christ Church

1846

Market Drayton

St Mary

14th Century

Melverley

St Peter

1406

Meole Brace

Holy Trinity

19th Century

Middleton

Holy Trinity

16th Century

Milson

St George

12th Century

Monkhopton

St Peter

12th Century

Monkmoor

St Peter

1930

Montford

St Chad

1735

Moreton Corbet

St Bartholomew

12th Century

Moreton Say

St Margaret of Antioch

12th Century

Morton

St Phillip & St James

19th Century

Morville

St Gregory

1118

Much Wenlock

Holy Trinity

12th Century

Mucklestone

St Mary

14th Century

Munslow

St Michael

12th Century

Muxton

St John the Evangelist

1997

Myddle

St Peter

1634

Nash

St John the Baptist

14th Century

Neen Savage

St Mary

12th Century

Neen Sollars

All Saints

13th Century

Newport

St Nicholas of Myra

1866

Newtown

King Charles the Martyr

1869

Norton in Hales

St Chad

13th Century

Oakengates

Holy Trinity

1855

Oldbury

St Nicholas

1138

Onibury

St Michael & All Angels

12th Century

Oswestry

Holy Trinity

1836

Oswestry

St Oswald

11th Century

Peplow

Chapel of the Epiphany

1877

Petton

St Raphael & St Isidore

1159

Pitchford

St Michael

12th Century

Pontesbury

St George

12th Century

Prees

St Chad

14th Century

Preston Gubbals

St Martin

12th Century

Preston upon the Weald Moors

St Lawrence

1739

Priorslee

St Peter

1836

Quatford

St Mary Magdalene

1086

Ratlinghope

St Margaret

1209

Rhydycroesau

Christ Church

1838

Richard's Castle

All Saints

1890–92

Rodington

St George

11th Century

Rowton

All Hallows

14th Century

Ruckley

None

1564

Rushbury

St Peter

13th Century

Ruyton-XI-Towns

St John the Baptist

12th Century

Ryton

St Andrew

1710

Saint George’s

St George

1805

Saint Martin’s

St Martin

13th Century

Sambrook

St Luke

1856

Selattyn

St Mary

13th Century

Shawbury

St Mary

12th Century

Shelton

Christ Church

1854

Sheriffhales

St Mary

12th Century

Shifnal

St Andrew

12th Century

Shipton

St James

10th Century

Shrawardine

St Mary

12th Century

Shrewsbury

All Saints

1875

Shrewsbury

Cathedral Church of Our Lady

1856

Shrewsbury

Greek Orthodox Church

13th Century

Shrewsbury

Greenfields Methodist

19th Century

Shrewsbury

Holy Cross

11th Century

Shrewsbury

St Alkmund

912

Shrewsbury

St Chad

1790–92

Shrewsbury

St George of Cappadocia

1832

Shrewsbury

St Giles

12th Century

Shrewsbury

St Julian

12th Century

Shrewsbury

St Mary

12th Century

Smethcote

St Michael

1850

Stanton Lacy

St Peter

11th Century

Stanton Long

St Michael & All Angels

13th Century

Stanton upon Hine Heath

St Andrew

12th Century

Stapleton

St John the Baptist

11th Century

Stirchley

All  Saints

1975

Stirchley

St James

12th Century

Stockton

St Chad

15th Century

Stoke on Tern

St Peter

1874

Stokesay

St John the Baptist

12th Century

Stottesdon

St Mary

11th Century

Sutton Maddock

St Mary

1579

Tasley

St Peter & St Paul

1840

Telford

Christ the King

1988

Tibberton

All Saints

1842

Tilstock

Christ Church

1835

Tong

St Bartholomew

1260

Trefonen

All Saints

1821

Tuckhill

Holy Innocents

1868

Uffington

Holy Trinity

1856

Uppington

Holy Trinity

11th Century

Upton Cressett

St Michael

12th Century

Upton Magna

St Lucia

1135

Waters Upton

St Michael

1865

Welsh Frankton

St Andrew

1858

Welshampton

St Michael & All Angels

1863

Wellington

All Saints

1790

Wellington

Christ Church

1838

Wem

St Peter & St Paul

14th Century

Wentnor

St Michael & All Angels

12th Century

West Felton

St Michael

12th Century

Westbury

St Mary

13th Century

Weston Lullingfields

Holy Trinity

1857

Weston Rhyn

St John

1873

Weston under Redcastle

St Luke

1791

Whitchurch

St Alkmund

1712–13

Whitchurch

St John the Baptist

1854

Whittington

Halston Hall Chapel

1437–38

Whitton

St Mary

12th Century

Whixall

St Mary

1867

Withington

St John the Baptist

12th Century

Wombridge

St Mary & St Leonard

1869

Woolstaston

St Michael & All Angels

11th Century

Woore

St Leonard

1831

Worfield

St Peter

12th Century

Worthen

All Saints

12th Century

Wrockwardine

St Peter

11th Century

Wrockwardine Wood

Holy Trinity

1833

Wroxeter

St Andrew

11th Century