St Mary the Virgin parish church
|Pillerton Hersey shown within Warwickshire|
|Population||170 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|Website||Pillerton Hersey Parish Council|
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.
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 and a double aumbry.
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, and the tower was altered and increased in height in the 15th century. 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. The church is a Grade II* listed building.
The tower has three bells. The tenor was cast in 1602 by a member of the Newcombe family, who were bellfounders in Leicester. Henry I Bagley of Chacombe, Northamptonshire cast the treble in 1668 and the second bell in 1672. For technical reasons the bells are currently unringable.
St Mary's serves both Pillerton Hersey and nearby Pillerton Priors, whose own church burnt down in 1672. 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.
- "Area: Pillerton Hersey (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Pevsner & Sherwood 1966, p. 371.
- Pevsner & Sherwood 1966, p. 372.
- Salzman 1949, pp. 133–136.
- Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade II*) (1364769)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- 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.
- Salzman 1949, p. 137.
- Archbishops' Council (2015). "Benefice of the Stourdene Group". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Wedgwood, Alexandra (1966). Warwickshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 371–372.
- Salzman, L.F, ed. (1949). A History of the County of Warwick. Victoria County History. 5: Kington Hundred. London: Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research. pp. 133–136.
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