Baxterley Church

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The Church
The Church, Baxterley
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The Church is located in Warwickshire
The Church
The Church
Location in Warwickshire
Coordinates: 52°34′14″N 1°37′24″W / 52.570581°N 1.623397°W / 52.570581; -1.623397
OS grid reference SP 256 970
Location Wood End, Warwickshire
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Website Kingsbury And Baxterley Churches
Length 10.5 metres (34 ft)
Width 7 metres (23 ft)
Diocese Diocese of Birmingham
Province Province of Canterbury
Vicar(s) Revd. Dr. John White
Churchwarden(s) Joan Irvine

Baxterley Church is situated at the western side of the Parish towards Wood End and dates from the 12th century.


This small grade II listed parish church is of square plan.[1] The windows in the c. 12th–century chancel are small. The church has been extended in the 13th, 14th and 19th–centuries. The font is 15th–century.[2]

The church dates from Norman Times and was built around 1200 AD with additions built throughout its life. The foundations of the nave Date from the 14th century. The base of the small tower was built around 1540 but the top section is early 17th century. The church was extensively rebuilt c. 1875 by Paull and Bickerdike.[1]

Hugh Latimer, The Bishop of Oxford preached a sermon at Baxterley Church on Christmas Day 1552.[3] his niece, Mary Glover lived in Mancetter, nearby.[4]

A 13th century wooden crozier head was found embedded in the wall in 1958; it is oldest piece of church equipment in Warwickshire. [nb 1]


It is a small stone-built country church with a nave chancel and small tower. It is surrounded by a graveyard which contains a war grave of an airman of World War II.[5]

The Church, surrounded by small farms, is situated around 1.7 miles (2.7 km) from the village which when the church was built was the nearest settlement however since the construction of Wood End in 1890 which is 1.2 miles (2 km) away it has become the nearest settlement.

It is part of the Kingsbury and Baxterley group of churches along with Kingsbury, Merevale, Hurley and Wood End. All five share the same Priest In Charge who is currently Revd. Dr John White.[6]

It is part of the Deanery of Polesworth, which is part of the Archdeaconry of Aston.


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Baxterley, North Warwickshire, Warwickshire (309173)". Images of England. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Doubleday 1947
  3. ^ Warwickshire's past unlocked[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ John Foxe's book of martyrs
  5. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.
  6. ^ "". Kingsbury & Baxterley Group of Parish Churches. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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