The 11th & 12th CenturiesA Thousand years of Staffordshire's Churches
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Gnosall, St. Lawrence

Gnosall contains some of the finest Norman ecclesiastical architecture in the county.

Click to view larger imageThis wash drawing by T.P. Wood in 1838 shows the heavily buttressed north chapel.

Click to view larger imageThe interior view by John Buckler, 1841, shows the Norman tower arches and upper gallery.

Click to view larger imageMemorandum relating to the fitting out of the loft by the pulpit for the use of "persons singing psalms", 1729

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Longdon, St. James

Longdon still retains a number of Norman architectural features, including the south doorway and the chancel arch.

Click to view larger imageThe Norman south doorway of Longdon church. The outer order with the motif of circles is said to be rare.

Click to view larger image Interior view of the church showing the Norman chancel arch and the original box pews. The Royal coat of arms is above the chancel arch.


Tutbury, St. Mary

Originally part of the priory founded at Tutbury by Henry de Ferrers.

Click to view larger imageThis engraving of a drawing by Stebbing Shaw, the Staffordshire antiquary, shows the west door which is thought to date from c.1160-70.

Click to view larger image Click to view larger imageDetails of the west door. The outer arch of seven orders is the first known use of alabaster in England.

Stafford, St. Chad

A Norman church, St.Chad's was heavily restored in two phases in the 19th century but still retains its Norman nave and clerestory.

Click to view larger imageSt. Chad's from the north-east, as it appeared in 1822 before restoration.

Click to view larger image Interior view of the north aisle of St. Chad's showing the heavy Norman piers and multi-scalloped capitals.

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