PARISH of WIGMORE ABBEY
St. James. Wigmore
St. James. Wigmore was founded as a collegiate church by the powerful Mortimer family. It lies on the site of an earlier Saxon building. The building has a very early Norman nave. Herringbone masonry is visible on the outside of the north wall. The church stands above the village, and with the ruined castle, dominates the village and surroundings of Wigmore. The churchyard cross is much restored. It stands on a 14th century base, with an ogee-headed niche. This feature is found in a number of churches along The Marches. More rare inside is a piscina high on the south wall by the chancel arch. This is a legacy of the original rood screen which, unusually, had an altar on it. Since 2007 , work on the roof and the internal walls exposed some more Saxon Herringbone brickwork. Sections of this brickwork has been left exposed for viewing. It is dated around 1050. The Weather Cock has recently been restored and reguilded and the clock mechanism has aldo undergone recent restoration. Reverend Alexander Cloggie Vicar of StJames Wigmore (1614- 1698),  tells it in his book Vox corvi of an incident where a young boy believes that he has been told by a raven to read the passage from Colossians chapter 3 verse 15. This image was taken on Christmas Day 2011  
NEW FOR 2016 An hourly guided tour of the 14th century tower, to include the bell-ringing chamber and rooftop views, is available on the fourth Saturday in May - September inclusive. Why not combine this with a walk to the nearby castle ruins ... Places on each tour will be limited for safety reasons, so avoid disappointment and confirm a place in advance. PHONE: 01568 770150 9:30 - 5:30 weekdays only.