Pillerton Hersey

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Pillerton Hersey
St Mary the Virgin church, Pillerton Hersey-geograph.uk.org-1782577.jpg
St Mary the Virgin parish church
Grid reference: SP2948
Location: 52°8’10"N, 1°33’43"W
Population: 170  (2011)
Post town: Warwick
Postcode: CV35
Local Government
Council: Stratford-on-Avon
Website: Pillerton Hersey Parish Council

Pillerton Hersey is a village and parish about 5½ miles north of Shipston-on-Stour in the Kington Hundred of Warwickshire. The village is on a stream that flows north-west to join the River Dene. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 170.[1]

Parish church

The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin are mid-13th century. They include the Early English chancel, which Pevsner and Wedgwood praised as "uncommonly fine" and having a priest's doorway "of a design which may well be unique". The chancel has also a double piscina[2] and a double aumbry.[3]

In about 1400 a south [aisle with a two-bay arcade was added to the nave. The nave roof and west tower are Perpendicular Gothic,[3] and the tower was altered and increased in height in the 15th century.[4] The chancel has a 17th-century hammerbeam roof. In the 19th century the south aisle was rebuilt, and in 1845 a north aisle with a three-bay arcade was added.[3] The church is a Grade-II* listed building.[5]

The tower has three bells. The tenor was cast in 1602 by a member of the Newcombe family, who were bellfounders in Leicester. Henry I Bagley of Chacombe, Northamptonshire cast the treble in 1668 and the second bell in 1672. For technical reasons the bells are currently unringable.[6]

St Mary's serves both Pillerton Hersey and nearby Pillerton Priors, whose own church burnt down in 1672.[7] St Mary's parish is part of the Stourdene Benefice, which includes also the parishes of Alderminster, Butlers Marston, Ettington, Halford and Newbold on Stour.[8]


Apart from the parish church, a British Telecom telephone kiosk is the only other public amenity in the village.


  1. "Area: Pillerton Hersey (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11127564&c=Pillerton+Hersey&d=16&e=62&g=6472382&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1425981957660&enc=1. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. Pevsner & Sherwood 1966, p. 371.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pevsner & Sherwood 1966, p. 372.
  4. Salzman 1949, pp. 133–136.
  5. National Heritage List 1364769: Church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade II* listing)
  6. Chester, Mike (12 May 2011). "Pillerton Hersey S Mary". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. http://dove.cccbr.org.uk/detail.php?searchString=Pillerton+Hersey&Submit=+Go+&DoveID=PILLERTON. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  7. Salzman 1949, p. 137.
  8. Archbishops' Council (2015). "Benefice of the Stourdene Group". A Church Near You. Church of England. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110524161231/http://www.achurchnearyou.com/benefice.php?B=11%2F143CL. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 


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