Wentnor and Prolley Moor

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This manor was divided up by the church in the later medieval period. Shrewsbury, Buildwas and Haughmond Abbeys all got a share. The medieval church at the southern end of the village was partially rebuilt from recycled materials in 1886.  Three of the walls contain re-used stone. Most surprisingly a quoin in the north-west corner may be the remains of a grotesque, yet upside-down, ‘sheelagh-na-gig’ stone face.  The hurricane gravestone in the church tells a sad tale.  A wall in the church collapsed during a winter storm in 1772 crushing the villagers sheltering in the church’s sanctuary.

Ridge and furrow, E of Wentnor. Shropshire Council

Ridge and furrow, E of Wentnor. Shropshire Council

Behind the village the preserved ridge and furrows of Wentor’s medieval fields are a good as any you’ll find. Nearby, Robury Ring on Prolley Moor was once thought to be an Iron Age or Romano-British farm. Finds of earlier pottery mean it’s now thought to be a locally rare Bronze Age henge monument.

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