St Nicholas Church, Newport

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St Nicholas, Newport
The churchyard
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Status Parish Church
Functional status Active
Parish Newport with Longford
Deanery Edgmond & Shifnal
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Salop
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield[1]
Vicar(s) The Revd Steven Mitchell

St Nicholas's Church is an Anglican church in the market town of Newport, Shropshire, lying within the Diocese of Lichfield. It is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen[2] and of Early English and Perpendicular architecture. The church sits on an island in the centre of the town and is the main focal point for miles around. The buttressed tower dates from 1309, but the site had been used since the 13th century in the times of Henry I.

Thomas Draper bought the church from the Abbot of Shrewsbury in 1452[3] but it was not until 1700 that it gained its land and the rectory was endowed. The church has been restored twice, the south side in 1883 and the north side from 1890. The west porch was built in 1904, a gift from Lady Boughey.[4]

In the south side of the exterior, in a niche, is a figure statue of a knight, reputed to be Henry I. The red sandstone Norman parish church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen, was founded during the time of Henry I and is affiliated to a church in Edgmond. Restoration work to the church was undertaken in the 1890s to restore it to its current condition.[5]

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  1. ^ "St Nicholas Newport". A church near you. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "BBC Shropshire - places - Newport Town guide". BBC Home. BBC. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Prentice 1986, p. 39.
  4. ^ Prentice 1986, p. 78.
  5. ^ "A brief history of St Nicholas Church". St Nicholas Church, Newport. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 


  • Prentice, Rob. A history of Newport. Chichester, Sussex, UK: Phillimore, 1980. ISBN 0 85033 568 X.

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Coordinates: 52°46′11″N 2°22′45″W / 52.7696°N 2.3792°W / 52.7696; -2.3792