Highley: St Mary

Highley: St Mary
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Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II* Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: Highley

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

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Exterior Image

Exterior image of 618280 St Mary, Highley
Exterior image of 618280 St Mary, Highley
Photograph of the exterior of St Mary, Highley
Year / Date:
2016, September 24
Richard Law
Richard Law

Summary Description

St Mary’s Church, Highley is set around 120 metres from the current Main Road (B4555). It occupies high ground to the south of the present village centre, the churchyard falling away to the south and east. This site reflects the morphology of Highley around 1200 when the church was built (‘Highley’ is probably Anglo-Saxon reputed to mean ‘the clearing of Huga’, the village thus having started as a clearing in the Wyre Forest.). The Church is clearly visible from southern approaches to the village as the churchyard abuts Main Road (B4555). It is constructed of local red and buff sandstone and consists of a chancel, nave (with porch and vestry) and tower. With the exception of the vestry, all these features are medieval. The tower in particular makes it a striking feature within the built environment.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Richard Law (2016, September 24) Exterior image of 618280 St Mary, Highley [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 618280 St Mary, Highley
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 7506 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 5
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/10558/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 7 Bells [Archive/Index]
7 Bells