Much Wenlock, Holy Trinity Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Memorial to Dr William Penny Brookes, re-founder of the Olympics.
In any case nothing earlier than the 12th century now stands above ground in the current church building.
One of the more interesting monuments within the church is relatively recent; against a portion of the west wall is a marble memorial to the Victorian doctor, William Penny Brookes (1809-1895), known as the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Brookes established the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1861. The Games are still held each year and provided the inspiration for Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic movement. The Brookes family graves are in the churchyard and are decorated with Olympian wreaths.
Above the south porch is a 14th century parvise, or small chamber used as living quarters by the parish priest. over the door are a royal coat of arms to George III, dated 1801 although the frame is from 1741. One interesting oddity is painted anchor added to the coat of arms in 1831 to commemorate the coronation of the 'sailor king', William IV.
On either side of the sanctuary, above the altar rails, are a pair of carved stone corbel heads. They probably supported a wooden beam with a hanging fabric screen to hide the high altar during Lent. The chancel is entered through a Norman arch, with very nicely carved capitals.
Take the time to explore Church Green, where you will find a plaque to novelist Mary Webb (1881-1927), who lived for a short time in Much Wenlock. Her most famous work was Gone to Earth, which became a popular film in 1950.
About Much Wenlock
Address: Wilmore Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England, TF13 6HR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Much Wenlock near the priory and guildhall. Easy walking distance from signposted car parks. The easiest is the priory car park on Sheinton Street.
Website: Much Wenlock
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Much Wenlock Guildhall - 0 miles (Historic Building)
Wenlock Priory - 0.1 miles (Abbey)
Benthall Hall - 2.7 miles (Historic House)
Buildwas Abbey - 3 miles (Abbey)
Iron Bridge - 3.9 miles (Historic Building)
Morville Hall - 4.7 miles (Historic Building)
Upton Cressett, St Michael's Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Upton Cressett Hall - 5.1 miles (Historic House)
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Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01952 727 679
Alternate Tel: 01746 763 257
Fax: 01952 727 679