Preston Gubbals, St Martin's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century effigy and grave slab
In 1973 that Victorian church was pulled down, leaving the medieval aisle still standing. What remains is a very simple single cell building, with no tower or porch. The 19th-century arcade was blocked, and now forms the north wall of the remaining building. An 18th-century bell from Preston Gubbals is now installed in St Alkmund's church in Shrewsbury.
The church is exceptionally simple. The nave and chancel merge to form a single-celled building made of sandstone, under a tile roof. In the south wall is a 12th-century priest's door.
The interior is largely a product of the 1866 restoration, with fittings carved by Rev ED Poole. the vicar at that time. One feature that is not Victorian, however, is a 16th-century font. There is also a 17th-century parish chest. Set on the east wall are a pair of benefactor's boards detailing gifts to the church.
The best feature of St Martin's is a beautifully preserved 14th-century grave slab and effigy above a foliated cross. There is a large rose window at the west end, dating from the Victorian restoration. The foundations of the Victorian west tower still stand to a good height.
Look for the memorial to Flora Kelly (d. 1900), the missionary wife of a former rector, who died in the Boxer Rebellion in China. In the south wall is a stained glass window in memory of Lance Corporal William Williams of the Welsh Guards, who was killed in action in WWI.
In the churchyard is a sundial created during the 17th century, using the base of a medieval churchyard cross. The original medieval cross shaft has been replaced with a 17th-century baluster with a moulded top. At the base is a sundial plate made of copper and inscribed with '1638/WG'.
The church is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Preston Gubbals, St Martin's Church
Address: Preston Gubbals, Shropshire, England, SY4 3AN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 4 miles north of Shrewsbury off the A528 or A49
Website: Preston Gubbals, St Martin's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Eirian Evans, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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