Melverley Church, Shropshire – St. Peter’s – on the River Severn has been a place of Christian worship for about 1000 years. The current timber framed church was built and in use by 1406 and the font almost certainly dates to back to Saxon times.The church is made with local Melverley oak and the entire structure is pegged together, not one nail being used. It is a very unusual example of this type of build and the only one in Shropshire. The altar and pulpit are Jacobean with beautiful hand carving. The lectern holds a chain bible dating from 1727.
The church is open every day for visitors and is still in regular use for services and weddings.
in 1766 a wedding was registered between Matthew Dodd and Elinor Foster. the clerk added a poem in the margin of the register which reads:
This day I have put a Tye
No man could put is faster
Tween Matthew Dodd, the man of God
and modest Nelly Foster.
Melverley Church is on the Shropshire Way. Plan your route from Nesscliffe to the Church then along to Llanymynech and the Heritage Lime Works area, then follow the Montgomery canal up to Ellesmere in North Shropshire.
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