Pillerton Hersey

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Pillerton Hersey
St Mary the Virgin church, Pillerton Hersey-geograph.uk.org-1782577.jpg
St Mary the Virgin parish church
Pillerton Hersey is located in Warwickshire
Pillerton Hersey
Pillerton Hersey
Location within Warwickshire
Population170 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP2948
Civil parish
  • Pillerton Hersey
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWarwick
Postcode districtCV35
Dialling code01789
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsitePillerton Hersey Parish Council
List of places
52°08′10″N 1°33′43″W / 52.136°N 1.562°W / 52.136; -1.562Coordinates: 52°08′10″N 1°33′43″W / 52.136°N 1.562°W / 52.136; -1.562

Pillerton Hersey is a village and civil parish about 5.5 miles (9 km) north of Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, England. The village is on a stream that flows northwest to join the River Dene. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 170.[1]

Parish church[edit]

The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin are mid-13th century. They include the Early English chancel, which Pevsner and Wedgwood praised as "uncommonly fine" and having a priest's doorway "of a design which may well be unique". The chancel has also a double piscina[2] and a double aumbry.[3]

In about 1400 a south aisle with a two-bay arcade was added to the nave. The nave roof and west tower are Perpendicular Gothic,[3] and the tower was altered and increased in height in the 15th century.[4] The chancel has a 17th-century hammerbeam roof. In the 19th century the south aisle was rebuilt, and in 1845 a north aisle with a three-bay arcade was added.[3] The church is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

The tower has five bells. They were upgraded and rehung in 2016. A second hand bell was found and a new bell cast by John Taylor and company of Loughborough. The tenor was cast in 1602 by a member of the Newcombe family, who were bellfounders in Leicester. Henry I Bagley of Chacombe. Taylors cast the treble in 2016. The second is the second hand bell and was cast in 1711. The third was cast in 1668 and the fourth bell in 1672.[6]

St Mary's serves both Pillerton Hersey and nearby Pillerton Priors, whose own church burnt down in 1672.[7] St Mary's parish is part of the Stourdene Benefice, which includes also the parishes of Alderminster, Butlers Marston, Ettington, Halford and Newbold on Stour.[8]


Apart from the parish church, a British Telecom telephone kiosk is the only other public amenity in the village.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area: Pillerton Hersey (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ Pevsner & Sherwood 1966, p. 371.
  3. ^ a b c Pevsner & Sherwood 1966, p. 372.
  4. ^ Salzman 1949, pp. 133–136.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade II*) (1364769)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ Chester, Mike (12 May 2011). "Pillerton Hersey S Mary". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ Salzman 1949, p. 137.
  8. ^ Archbishops' Council (2015). "Benefice of the Stourdene Group". A Church Near You. Church of England. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2015.


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