Saints Church Claverley
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Saints Church Claverley is a grade 1 listed building of great historic and architectural
interest. It has a very special atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
During the flower festival, when the church
is full of people, we pause each hour for a few moments during which visitors
are requested to be silent and, should they wish, join in prayer.
The oldest parts
of the building date from the Norman period, probably the first half of the
12th century, but the site has probably been a place of worship since
before Christianity came to Britain. The yew tree outside the north east corner
of the church is over 2,500 years old (authenticated by David Bellamy) and such
trees were commonly planted in sacred places. The massive foundations under
the chancel are likely to be of Roman origin. The restoration in 1902 unearthed
three skeletons of a man, child and small animal laid north-south which indicates
a pre-Christian burial.
church is particularly noted for the frieze of wall paintings which are of international
significance. The paintings are of a similar style to the Bayeux tapestry and
date from about 1220. The latest theory is that the paintings depict the Legend
of the True Cross, a medieval myth linking the tree of knowledge from the Garden
of Eden with the wood of the cross on which Christ is crucified.
More information about the legend and the
church is available in a colour leaflet available in the church for 50p.
cost of maintaining this church is £1,000 per week. The principal fund-raising
activity is the annual flower festival.