Wentnor, St Michael and All Angels
With its impressive wooden belcote and clock tower, the Grade II* listed church of St Michael and All Angels lies at the heart of the pretty Shropshire village of Wentnor.
The oldest part of the church, the nave, is Norman. Victorian restoration in 1885-86 saw the nave reconstructed and the chancel, vestry and porch added.
Inside, at the west end of the nave near the font, is the “Hurricane Tomb”, which commemorates the Perkins family who lost their lives in the nearby hamlet of Asterton during a hurricane of 1779. The inscription tells their sad tale:
"On Sunday morn Bout nine o'clock, as we lay in our bed
By hurrican of wind and snow all three were killid dead
The house and we were blown away as many well did know
And for that day could not be found all for the depth of snow
Fourteen poor souls were under it, out of which were killid seven
I hope the Lord hath pardoned us and received our souls in heaven".
There are accumulations of droppings at the west end of the nave near the font, indicating a possible maternity roost of brown long-eared bats in the nave roof apex. Common pipistrelles have also been recorded flying inside the church.
The church is managing to keep on top of the cleaning. It is keen to engage the local community with its bats and is planning a bat walk with Shropshire Bat Group in autumn 2022.