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 townStratford-upon-Avon
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 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.[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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