St Mary Magdalene, Hadnall, Shropshire

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Hadnall is a village 5 miles N of Shrewsbury on the A49 Whitchurch road, a former Roman road. The church is in the village centre alongside a moated site, perhaps originally the manor house. It is a single-aisled church, essentially 19thc, but with some medieval masonry in the nave. The S and N doorways are 12thc (the latter blocked up and the former largely covered by a porch). The church was restored 1872-3 by E. Haycock.


In 1086 Hadnall was among the lands held by Sheriff Reginald from Roger Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury. The actual tenant was Osmund who held it from the Sheriff, and before the Conquest the tenant was Godwine. It was assessed at 4 hides with woodland sufficient for 40 pigs.


Exterior Features


N nave doorway

 Round-headed.2 orders, blocked.

Height of opening 2.30 m
Width of opening 1.22 m
1st order

Plain, continuous and chamfered.

2nd order

Plain jambs. L impost chamfered in W face, flush on N face. R impost chamfered on E face, flush on N face. In the arch a keeled angle roll and a hollow on the face. The label has an inner angle roll as on the S doorway, and it has returns of the same profile at either end.

S nave doorway

 Round-headed single order and continuous. Jambs and arch are chamfered, and there is a lable with an inner angle roll. 1 deep groove runs lengthwise across label.

Height of opening 2.20 m
Width of opening 1.30 m


The EH list description dates the doorways to c.1190 which seems correct despite their plainness.


  • R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London: J. R. Smith, 1859, vol. 10, 44-61.

  • Historic England listed building, English Heritage legacy number  260046.

  • J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 278-9.

  • N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 136.

Exterior from S
Interior to E


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SJ 522 200 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Shropshire
now: Lichfield
medieval: Lichfield (to 1075); Chester (to c.1086); Coventry and Lichfield (to 1541)
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Mary Magdalene
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler, Ron Baxter 
Visit Date
24 March 1999 (BZ), 15 May 2019 (RB)