Cound, Shropshire – St Peter

Just south of Berrington, our stop was Cantlop Bridge. Thomas Telford was County Surveyor for Shropshire between 1787 and 1834 and probably designed this bridge in 1818. It has a lightweight lattice structure of cast iron, showing how technology had moved on from the Ironbridge.

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We continued on via beautiful narrow roads to St Peter’s church in Cound, grid reference SJ558050.

august b 075We parked next to the church in the grounds of the Guildhall, and discovered they have a bookshop. The Guildhall looks fun – with its own website – with a village celebration of Agincourt later this month (an historical re-enactor, supper, and a showing of Henry V). Julie was in her element.

august b 039 - CopyThere isn’t a guidebook for this church and I don’t have a copy of Pevsner for Shropshire. It is a C13 church with original door and a six bell tower built 1500.

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Inside you can walk among the six bell ropes – and the most amazing heating system (note the large vent).  The bells were all cast in 1726 by Abraham Rudhall II, one of a family of bell founders in Gloucester.august b 044 - CopyOn the top left of the chancel arch are the remains of a doom painting.

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Good carved pulpit, dated 1633.

august b 052 - CopyThere are some lovely memorials – worth giving further study to.

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Stained glass ranges from the medieval, with some C19 Kempe.

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There is some new Millennium glass. The baptism windows were made by Jane Gray for the Millennium. The Chi-rho symbol and the fish (the earliest symbol of Christianity), the inverted cross and keys of St Peter, corn and grapes of the Eucharist, the dove of the Spirit, and a lighted candle. The Alpha and omega, and the church’s Norman font (12th century). The streams are the Cound Moor and the Cound brook, and they flow together under Telford’s bridge.

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Outside was fun too, with some interesting figures high on the tower.

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I came back from photoing the church to find Julie had a huge pile of books, including Lost Railways of Shropshire … what a wonderful wife.

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