Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Churches (26) : Holy Trinity, Lower Ettington

The church of the Holy Trinity was the former parish church of the now lost village of Lower Ettington (only Upper Ettington still exists about two kilometres away, nowadays just called Ettington) next to the river Stour. The ruins of the church are in the grounds of Victorian great house Ettington Park which is now a hotel.

The church of the Holy Trinity (sometimes also known as St. Nicholas') was built in the thirteenth century in the Norman style with later additions including a fourteenth century North arcade [1]. It had a West tower, a chancel, a nave and North and South transepts [2].

Lower Ettington was abandoned in the eighteenth century, the church had already by then been replaced as the parish church by one in Upper Ettington. In the early nineteenth century the church was partially restored to act as a private mortuary chapel for the Shirley family. Nowadays only the South transept and the tower are intact with the rest of the church in various degrees of ruin.

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner & Alexandra Wedgwood, Warwickshire (Penguin, 1966) p. 290
[2] "Parishes: Ettington." A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 5, Kington Hundred. Ed. L F Salzman. London: Victoria County History, 1949. 77-84. British History Online. Web. 26 February 2019. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/warks/vol5/pp77-84.