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Gallery: Churches of Worcestershire

by Peter Kessler, 20 December 2019

Wychavon Part 1: Churches of Broadway

St Eadburgha's Church, Broadway, Worcestershire

St Eadburgha's Church, Broadway, lies on the west side of Snowshill Road, no more than thirty metres south of the junction with the southernmost access road for Lybrook Farm in Worcestershire. Eadburgha was a grand-daughter of Alfred the Great of Wessex, while the first church here was Saxon, probably of the 900s to be able to bear its dedication. The present version was originally built in the twelfth century on a trail for travellers coming off the Cotswold escarpment.

St Eadburgha's Church, Broadway, Worcestershire

When the Cotswold trail was rerouted, the village's focus shifted and the church was eventually left in its now-isolated position. Much of it was rebuilt around 1400, using limestone ashlar and rubble with a stone slate roof. Norman elements do remain, however - notably the nave arcades which are supported on beautiful columns. Replaced as a parish church by St Michael & All Angels in 1840, St Eadburgha became a chapel-of-ease. The building was restored 1866.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Sam Weller via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group.

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