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St Werburgh's Church
Most of the church is 13th century work to a 12th-century core with some 15th century stone facings. Rebuilt north and south aisle (extension)s date to 1824 and 1869 and the chancel to 1862 by Hine and Evans of Nottingham. Material used consists of coursed and finely dressed sandstone blocks; lead roofs to nave and aisles hidden behind parapets and Welsh slate to chancel with verge parapets. Five 14th century levels form its tower: the top stage was entirely rebuilt to the incumbent's own design in 1883; strings engraved in stone mark off the two upper stages; diagonal buttresses are fixed to three stages; pinnacles and gargoyles at the angles and its parapet is crenellated with a fretted arcade frieze of pointed arches below. Paired bell-chamber openings with two lights and a panel tracery are over similar single windows to the lower stage. Five lights make up the pointed west window in two tiers with four-centred arch doors below. A niche was set in the south side first stage of 1842 containing a statue of St Werburgh, with a pointed door below. A mainly 19th century south aisle has four unequal bays alternately short/long and is divided by three-stage buttresses finished as gabletted pinnacles above the parapet roof; with three light labelled pointed windows with panel tracery to all but one that has two lights; a pointed labelled door is on the building's left. Three bays form the clerestory inset from the ends that has three three-light windows with panel tracery and three centred labelled heads. Altered in 1870 the north aisle is similar to the south.
A significantly different style is used in the chancel most noticeable by the steeply-pitched roof and decorated masonry windows; this runs to three bays supported by two-stage buttresses. Two light pointed windows (but a single-light to the south-west corner) are to each of the three bays. Against the inner buttress of the east bay is the Priest door. Five lights (main panes) make up the pointed east window and a vestry is to the north. A painted diagonally boarded roof and painted walls depict religious scenes, all in reasonably subdued colours.
Four bays make up the nave with double-chamfered pointed arches and moulded capitals on round columns, Norman period to the north and replica to south, pointed chancel arch; nave roof of cambered and moulded ties with painted bosses dated 1698 but seeming two centuries earlier. In the style of Street is the pulpit in stone and alabaster; circular on clustered columns; a trefoil-headed blind arcade on marble columns around its sides. Coloured local alabaster forms the font and imported marble, which is square on four extended columns and built over the carved Norman font, still discernible within the present font. Remains of medieval glass are in the south aisle and south-east window. In 1894 the east window and west window were made by Ward and Hughes. Lower parts of the tower walls have purpose-made glazed tiles of 1883 as a family memorial.
Sir John de Hanbury (d. 1303) has an alabaster monument in the east of the south aisle: a recumbent effigy tomb clasping a sword and with crossed legs and dog; possibly a later attempt by this Hanbury family to add credibility to their lineage; otherwise this would be the earliest alabaster in England.
Ralph Adderley (d. 1595) has a large alabaster chest tomb to the northeast of the chancel with three figures cut in the top slab of Ralph and his 2 wives, moulded edge and sides with carved kneeling figures of children at the opposite end. Sir Charles Egerton (d. 1624) has a reclining alabaster figure in a moulded segmental-arch canopied niche. Puritan bust plaques are to Katherine Agard, (d. 1620) and her daughter, Ann Woollocke, with ruffs and steeple hats and Dorothy Villiers (d.1665). Sir John Egerton's (d. 1662) memorial is similar to the above Egerton monument, but with a damaged canopy and is in the east corner of north aisle. John Wilson's (d.1839) memorial is a neo-classical low-relief marble plaque depicting a seated woman in doric surrounds by Hollins. Sir John Cheyne, the rector from 1363–91, has a brass plaque at the foot of the chancel steps; a much-worn figure with a cassock, surplice, almace and cope.
The RAF Fauld explosion, one of the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions in the world at the time, occurred within the civil parish in 1944.
Coton in the Clay
This locality adjoins the River Dove and includes a steep knoll between much of it and the river, Row Hill; five listed buildings are here all at Grade II. Hanbury's village centre is 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to the south. This hamlet is at an elevation of 61m AOD whereas the village centre of Hanbury is at the start of a steep westward valley at the source of the Salt Brook at 134m AOD.
Culture and community
Hanbury Parish Council operate a village website with events, meetings and information of the facilities offered by the third-tier local council.
Draycott and Hanbury Cricket Club play in Knightsfield Road, Hanbury.
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