Wrockwardine village, view from by the Old School House.
Wrockwardine shown within Shropshire
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Wrockwardine (pronounced "Rock-war-deen/dyne") is a village and civil parish in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. It lies north of The Wrekin and the M54/A5, and west of Wellington.
There is a church, St Peter's, dating back to Saxon times.
Wrockwardine is a small village, and St Peter's Church is the main central feature. But there are a number of buildings of historical interest. Wrockwardine Hall stands by the church, on the north side. From the south are the Alms-Houses, and the Old School House, both now private houses. There is a more modern village school opposite the church, now used as a private nursery.
On a small green to the north is an unusual war memorial consisting of a large boulder from the nearby Leaton Quarry. Another memorial, a brass plaque, is in the church.
The Alms-Houses were built in 1841, for the maintenance of two poor women in declining years, end erected by tenants and neighbours in memory of Edward Cludde, "in testimony of their respect for a man who was an eminent example of pure and undefiled religion, visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping himself unspotted from the world."
St Peter's Church
The building is believed to be of Saxon origin, being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068. It is of unusual plan in having a cruciform layout with the tower at the cross-point rather than at the east or west end of the building. This dates from the 12th century, but the addition of The Cludde Chapel on the north transept at the end of the 14th century modifies this shape.
The building shows various evidences of its thousand year history, beginning with the Norman features. These include a walled-up doorway suggestive of plans for future expansion. An original Norman window in the Chancel was restored in the 19th century with stained glass depicting Holman Hunt's painting of Christ as The Light of the World.
The church has several very fine stained glass windows. Some, like the one portraying St Peter, are miniatures at high level.
Wrockwardine Church is a popular venue for weddings.
A kitchen and disabled toilet has been built, for which fund-raising is still being undertaken.
Because of the Listed Building status, there are severe restrictions as to how this can be built. It will be constructed in one corner, but no alteration to the existing walls is allowed, including for ventilation. This will be covered by means of an ionisation air purifier. This method is widely used in Europe, but this is believed to be the first such use in Britain.
Wrockwardine is located between the B4394 and B5061 roads, and north of junction 7 of the M54 motorway/A5 dual carriageway. Wellington is located directly to the east, whilst Admaston is to the north.
- "The Church and Parish of Wrockwardine, Shropshire"; Beryl Brown; 2004; booklet available in St Peter's Church.
- Brown, Op.Cit.
- A Church Warden in conversation (09/02/2009), who reported that English Heritage were interested to be able to suggest this method to other listed buildings.
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- St Peter's Church on A Church Near You
- Wrockwardine Parish Council website