Church of St Gregory the Great Morville
1118 to 2018
Welcome to our 900th Anniversary
Why is 2018 important?
Around 1086 one of William the Conquerors principal counsellors, Roger de Montgomery, the first Earl of Shrewsbury, granted the church at Morville (known then as Morfeld) and, more importantly its revenues, to his new Benedictine abbey at Shrewsbury. The monks re-built the Saxon church establishing a priory and dedicating it in 1118. You can see the date above the vestry door. Since that time life in the village of Morville has continued as a rural community but impacted by national events which are reflected in the church. The priory ended and the monks left when Henry VIII dissolved Shrewsbury Abbey in 1540 followed by Tudor times, the English Civil War and latterly the wars of the 20th century. There are reminders of these and more events in this church which has been a place of worship for 900 years.
How is the anniversary being celebrated?
We have lots happening for 2018 much of it themed for the anniversary.
Morville 900 Events during 2018
During 2018 there will be a series of events to mark the anniversary. Please come along. All events are free with the exception of the Haydn Concert.
|Sat 14th April||7.30pm||History lecture in church by Mortimer Association|
|Sun 15th April||6pm||Evensong in church to celebrate the launch of the 900 progamme (rescheduled from 18th March)|
|Sat 9th June||Morning||Haydn Concert in church (tickets from Bridgnorth Haydn Festival)|
|Fri 8th - Sun 10th June||Carol Heys Art Exhibition displayed in church for 3 days|
|Thurs 21st June||Opens 12 noon Starts 2pm||Music & Poems for Summer Solstice in Dower House Gardens by kind invitation of Dr Katherine Swift – bring a rug and picnic|
|Sun 2nd Sept||4.30pm||St Gregory’s Day 900 Anniversary Evensong in church with Bishop Alastair of Ludlow|
Please also come along to our other regular events which will be held during the year alongside the 900 events including Morville Festival and Gardens (6-7th May), Morville Hall Gardens Open and Teas in church for National Garden Scheme (10th June) and Shropshire Historic Churches Trust (23rd September).
Services are held at St Gregory the Great Church, Morville, Bridgnorth every Sunday at 11.00am.
The Morville 900 heritage project
The 900 anniversary has provided an opportunity to involve the local community in a project that will enhance the interpretation of the many historic features of the church and celebrate the life and history of the village. Look around the church to see what changes have been introduced. The project is undertaking the activities listed below:
Interpretation of historical features
The church of St Gregory the Great welcomes many visitors over the course of the year, and volunteers are frequently asked about its historic features.
A board outside the church will provide visitors with details of the building and its origins.
Internal display boards will describe various artefacts within the church including the medieval font, two chests with historical connection to the Civil War, Norman window, Tudor wood carvings and the original church door with its ancient ironmongery.
Morville Local History
Photographs, memorabilia and press cuttings have been collected and maintained by a local resident, providing a picture of the local community over the decades. “Morville Memories” are being displayed on a large screen in the church which provides a more space and allows members of the local community to add to the collection.
A short history of Morville incorporating many anecdotes of the local community and preserving the heritage of Morville and its church will be available in print during the year.
A framed list of the priors, vicars and incumbents who have served the church of St Gregory the Great between 1118 and 2018 will be on permanent displayed in the church.
Marking the 900 Anniversary
2018 is an important year for Morville church and village. The local school and community are recognising the previous 900 years of heritage by the following:
Historical Events Timeline
Building a timeline of 32 boards depicting key historical events that have impacted the village of Morville. The timeline is being displayed in the church against the north wall of the nave and we hope will be of interest to both the local community and visitors. Pupils of Morville CE Primary School are providing the artwork.
Banner of St Gregory
Introducing a banner of St Gregory providing a lasting artefact in the church.
Embroidering Nine Kneelers
Embroidering nine kneelers to reflect the 900 years anniversary. A set of church kneelers will be embroidered by nine local volunteers using three designs drawn from aspects of the church. These will eventually be placed along the altar rail for use by the local congregation.
Bury a time capsule to involve the community in a fun way providing a commemorative event to mark 2018.