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Claverley, Shropshire
Claverley is located in Shropshire
Location within Shropshire
Population1,620 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSO792934
Civil parish
  • Claverley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWolverhampton
Postcode districtWV5
Dialling code01746
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°32′17″N 2°18′22″W / 52.538°N 2.306°W / 52.538; -2.306Coordinates: 52°32′17″N 2°18′22″W / 52.538°N 2.306°W / 52.538; -2.306

Claverley is a village and civil parish in east Shropshire, England. The parish also includes the hamlets of Beobridge, Hopstone, Upper Aston, Ludstone, Heathton and a number of other small settlements.

Claverley village is east of the market town of Bridgnorth, near the Staffordshire county boundary. The village has three public houses, although one is currently unoccupied and its future unclear.

On the edge of the village is the Arts and Crafts style mansion, Brook House; it was built in 1937 for the Gibbons family, who made their money as lock and window merchants in Wolverhampton.[2]


The Church of England parish church of All Saints dates from the 11th century and has a rare 13th-century wall painting. On the north side of the nave, and dated to around 1200, a frieze of painted scenes some 50 feet (15 m) long shows a series of 15 knights in armour, mostly engaged in single combat.[3] It has been suggested that this portrays scenes from the 5th-century poem Psychomachia, a battle between virtues and vices, by Prudentius.[4] A recent theory is that the knight with the horn is Roland (the only surviving medieval mural of this hero) and that the Holy Cross is the unifying theme of the mural scheme.[5]

There are also a number of tombs of the Gatacre family, who dominated the parish from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. In the Tudor period they were closely associated with religiously conservative and recusant circles. The chapels in the church were originally their private preserve.

Notable people[edit]

  • Sir Robert Broke (died 1558), Tudor-era judge and politician was son of a Claverley family and has tomb in Claverley Church.[6]
  • Thomas Gatacre (died 1593), politician, later Protestant cleric, member of family seated at Gatacre in Claverley parish.[7]
  • Lieutenant-General Sir William Forbes Gatacre (1843-1906) was a son of the family seated at Gatacre.[8]
  • Mary Whitehouse (1910-2001), the tv/radio clean-up campaigner, lived in Claverley at time she set up the National Viewers and Listeners Association in 1965, using her home as its office.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  2. ^ "James Gibbons Ltd by Frank Spittle". Archived from the original on 6 May 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  3. ^ Ernest W., Tristram (1944). English Medieval Wall Painting: The Twelfth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 111.
  4. ^ Caiger-Smith, A (1963). English Medieval Mural Paintings. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 11.
  5. ^ Christopher Barrett (2012). 'Roland and Crusade Imagery in an English Royal Chapel', The Antiquaries Journal, vol.92, pp. 129-168.
  6. ^ The History of Parliament: Members 1509–1558 – BROKE, Robert (Author: Helen Miller)
  7. ^ Members Constituencies Parliaments Surveys. "GATACRE, Thomas (by 1533-93), of London". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Sir William Forbes Gatacre". Ladysmith Historical Society. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Fearsome Mary and her fight to rid TV of 'filth'". Shropshire Star. 11 October 2021. pp. 20, 29.Report by Toby Neal, part of 'Great Lives' series on Midlands worthies. She was reportedly living there 1965 and 1968.

External links[edit]

Media related to Claverley at Wikimedia Commons