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Lydbury North: St Michael & All Angels, SY7 8AU


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Lydbury North: St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North
Address
Centre of the village, Lydbury North, SY7 8AU
Deanery
Clun Forest
Website
http://ridgewaychurch.wordpress.com/
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Lydbury North is an ancient parish located in a pleasant valley amidst the beautiful Shropshire hills. Our community includes a wide mix of ages and lifestyles. Our worship is often traditional, but some of our services are lay led , and therefore likely to have a more relaxed, artistic  and child friendly approach. We are all very aware of the need to keep our community  vibrant and viable, and we value enormously our village shop and post office, (which is run by a rota of villagers for the village) and the church primary school, Lydbury North C of E Primary School.

The Church at Lydbury North is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels. There is a picture of Saint Michael in the stained glass window behind the organ. We know that there was a parish of Lydbury in Saxon times and that it was large and important. In 780 AD Egwin Shakehead was the owner of the parish. He suffered from the palsy and it is believed that he was cured of it when he visited the shrine of Saint Ethelbert at Hereford. He was so grateful for his cure that he gave the parish as a gift to the Bishop of Hereford. The oldest remaining parts of our church were built in the time of the Normans. William the Clerk was the priest at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. The stone font still used for Baptisms today dates from this time. There are also some very fine Jacobean carved box pews in our church.

We are proud of the fact that the church has an ancient  Roman Catholic chapel, the Plowden Chapel , where mass is still said once a year.  We also have strong links with Walcot Hall, with the newly re-ordered Walcot Chapel being in the south aisle. 



 

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