Lydbury North

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Picture of Lydbury North Church Plan of Lydbury North Church

The stone church of St Michael and All Angels (originally just St Michael) is a traditional Early English church which was restored about 1901 under the auspices of the distinguished architect T. Micklethwaite. It consists of an early 12C Nave, early 13C Tower and Chancel, two side chapels, a porch and a peal of six bells restored in 1995/6.

The Tower was restored in 1951. The walls, which are two metres thick at the base, are supported by ten buttresses. The mechanism for the one-handed clock dates from 1725 and is powered by two large stone weights.

The 13C Plowden Chapel on the north side was built, and is still owned by the Plowden family (Roman Catholic).

The Walcot Chapel on the south side was built in the late 17C and was converted into a side chapel in 1976. The carved stone heads of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII were added to the entrance archway when the Chapel was restored in 1901. In 1662, John Shipman, "an old servant of the house of Walcot", left money to build a school room over the Walcot Chapel and this was used as the Parish School until 1843 when the present school was built.

Picture of Lydbury North Church Clock
World War One Memorial Plaque

On the north wall of the Nave is a First World War memorial plaque. The Parish War Record Book shows that 150 parishioners served in the First World War.

The wooden candlesticks above the altar were given to the church by Archbishop Laud in 17C. The lectern was presented to the church by the Countess of Powis in 1897 and the candlesticks on the altar were a gift from the Earl of Powis in 1910.

The church is situated in the Hundred of Purslow, Clun Rural Deanery, South Salop Archdeaconry, Diocese of Hereford.

Nave Altar Font
Lydbury North Nave Lydbury North Altar Lydbury North Font
Plowden Chapel Walcot Chapel Memorial to Hester Bright (d.1790)
Lydbury North Plowden Chapel Lydbury North Walcot Chapel Memorial to Hester BRIGHT

Thanks to the Lydbury North PCC for permission to use extracts and pictures from their leaflet "Welcome to St Michael and All Angels, Lydbury North"

For details of forthcoming events and Services see the church website

Incumbents (1747-1881)

The living was a vicarage, with the chapelry of Norbury annexed, including dwelling and 1 acre of glebe land (worth £486 p.a. in 1863, and £565 in 1877). Norbury is now a separate parish.

Name From* To*
Herbert Oakeley 1747 1762
James Atcherley 1791 1800 resigned
John Bright Betton1 1800 1805
John Bright Bright1 1805 1833
Richard Ambler 1823 1834
John Bright 1836 1863
Charles Rolfe 1864 1878
Edward Augustus Bright 1878 1881

* These dates show the earliest and latest records of the individual officiating at a ceremony (which could have been as a curate, for example)

1 John Bright BETTON assumed the name John Bright BRIGHT by royal licence 12 Oct 1807. He died 22 Dec 1833.

Curates (1762-1881)

Name From To
George Seall 1762 1790
James Foulkes 1790 1790
Roger Atcherley 1791 1791
John Warter 1792 1798
Robert Cuthbert Hesketh 1799 1800 resigned
Charles Crisp 1820 1821
GL Foxton 1823 1824
Thomas Donkin 1833 1834
John Meredith Williams 1836 1837
William Cartwright 1841 1849
FH Laing 1847 1848
John T Hughes 1865 1865
AB Adams 1876 1881

Church Wardens (1747-1804)

1747 Robert Norton John Maund
1748 Thomas Hotchkiss Thomas Richards
1749 Samuel Hotchkiss Samuel Evans
1750 Robert Norton Richard Evans
1751 William Hay John Matthews
1752 Samuel Hotchkiss Edward Hotchkiss
1753 Thomas Bird Thomas Evans
1754 Samuel Hotchkiss John Harding
1755 Thomas Norncot William Watts
1756 Robert Norton Samuel Bright
1757 John Matthews James Williams
1758 John Everald Francis Collins
1759 Thomas Crosland? John Watts
1760 James Williams William Cartwright
1761 James Williams William Bluck
1762 Edward Bright Thomas Hankins
1763 Edward Bright Edward Wainright
1764 Edward Bright William Palfrey
1765 Samuel Bright Thomas Harding
1766 Thomas Corston Nathaniel Poston
1767 William Watts Humphrey Turner
1768 John Harris Thomas Gwilt
1769 John Norton Howell Owens
1770 Edward Bright Francis Collings
1771 Humphrey Turner Edward Hammonds
1772 William Ward William Rawlings
1773 William Bluck Edward Bright
1774 Thomas Norncot Francis Buckley
1775 Humphrey Turner Robert Philips
1776 Edward Bright Thomas Collins
1777 John Harris John Watts
1778 John Norncot Edward Prichard
1779 John Watts Evan Davies
1780 Edward Harris Francis Norwood
1781 Thomas Robinson Edward Price
1782 Thomas Robinson Francis Collins
1783 Edward Bright Edward Bright jnr
1784 Edward Bright jnr John Beddoes
1785 Edward Davies Thomas Sayce
1786 Joseph Smallman Thomas Jones
1787 Humphrey Turner Thomas Wainwright
1788 Thomas Collins William Plowden
1789 John Gwilliam Thomas Pugh
1799 Edward Bright jnr Thomas Turner
1800 Francis Southern George Starr
1802 William Jervis John Morris
1803 George Farmer John Morris, John Langford
1804 George Farmer Thomas Hammonds


The well tended cemetery around the church contains over five hundred grave markers spanning the period from 1667 to the present day. The oldest legible headstone being that of John RANSFORD who died 2nd December 1667.

This site includes transcripts of the pre-1950 Monumental Inscriptions.

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