Acton Round Church

Sunday 6th May 2018 - EVENSONG

The Evensong Service will be held in Acton Round Church on Sunday the 6th May at 6.30pm. The service will be led by Rev Sarah Cawdell, accompanied by the Oldbury and Quatford Choir.

The Church is situated off the A458 between Morville and Much Wenlock. When travelling towards Much Wenlock turn left at Muckley Cross /Acton Round signpost (about 1 mile past Morville). Follow the lane for approximately 1 mile, then turn right up the track to the right of Acton Round Hall. Post code WV16 6XG

History

Acton Round Church is dedicated to St Mary and is Grade II listed.

A church of probable later C12 origin, but the character of the present building is defined by addition and rebuilding of 1761-3 and 1895.

The chancel is said to have been rebuilt in 1714 but an inscription on the base of Sir Whitmore Acton's monument gives the date 1761.

The chancel doorway is mid C18 and, with the plinth, matches the work on the north chapel, which was added in 1763 by Sir Richard Acton to house a monument to his father (the dates are on the base of the monument).

The monument is by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard, architect of Shrewsbury, who may also have designed chapel and chancel.

Ebenezer Pritchard oversaw reseating and repairs in 1852-53. Restoration in 1895 introduced new windows in nave and chancel, and a neo-Norman chancel arch, all using red sandstone that was typical of the period.

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