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SHROPSHIRE GALLERIES

Information on former galleries in Sir Stephen Glynne's Church Notes for Shropshire
Sir Stephen Glynne made at least 40 visits to Shropshire between 1829 and 1872, and regarded anything medieval as interesting and anything Georgian as ugly. He also recorded in other counties and left 106 notebooks with details of over 5,000 churches. Dates relate to the date of his visit(s).
Alberbury 1845 The nave is filled with pues (sic) and in a west gallery is an organ.
Baschurch 1831 There is a small finger organ in a west gallery.
Berrington 1854 At the west end a gallery; ugly pues and pulpit.
Bishop's Castle 1852 The whole church miserably dark and encumbered by pues and galleries. There is a bad barrel organ.
Bridgnorth, St. Leonard 1832 The nave is very wide but disfigured by horrible pues and galleries. The organ is set in a gallery between the nave and chancel.
Burford 1846 There is a gallery at the west end with a barrel organ.
Cheswardine 1862 High pues and west gallery which hides the tower arch.
Church Stretton before 1840 In a gallery at the west end is a good organ.
Claverly 1858 The church was extensively repaired in 1834, when new pues were introduced and a north gallery and organ.
Cleobury Mortimer 1846 There is a gallery and large organ at the west end.
Clun 1850 …much of frightful pues and galleries on the north and west. In the latter is an organ.
Clunbury 1871 The nave is pewed and has a west gallery.
Condover 1852 There is a west gallery and an organ.
Dudleston 1850 Greatly enlarged in 1819 - total refitting. The whole is pued…there is also a west gallery with a barrel organ.
Ellesmere 1830 The interior is disfigured by pews and galleries.
Great Ness 1862 The nave…is pued and has a west gallery with organ.
Habberley 1862 The gallery was erected in 1575.
High Ercall 1853 West gallery
Highley 1872 The chancel is encumbered by pews. There is a small organ in a west gallery.
Leebotwood 1857 A poor church, without interesting features and much modernised. The interior has pues and western gallery. [extant]
Llanyblodwel 1845 There is a very ugly and intrusive gallery in the north aisle.
also 1858 . . . the pews are still in a hideous state.
Longnor 1857 A large western gallery. [extant]
Loppington 1851 There is a west gallery and ugly pues.
Market Drayton 1846 There are deep galleries in the aisles of the nave and at the west end, which contains the organ. Moreover there is what is worse, a huge gallery over the chancel itself.
Melverley 1852 There is a west gallery which appears nearly coeval. Beneath the pues is no floor, only bare earth. [extant]
Moreton Say ? A modern brick building with tower and wooden spire rebuilt 1769. [Interior not mentioned.]
Newport 1830 The interior is injured in appearance by the irregularity and meanness of the seats. There is an organ in a western gallery.
Onibury before 1840 [No reference to west gallery, which still exists.]
Pontesbury 1862 The nave and tower were rebuilt in 1829 . . . the nave is pued . . . there is an organ in the west gallery.
Prees 1831 The gallery at the west end is contrived so that the semicircular sweep in the middle should cut the arches in the middle of the church.
Preston Gubbals 1864 The interior has ugly pues and a west gallery.
Ruyton XI Towns 1852 The nave is pued; has a west gallery with a fair organ
St. Martin's before 1840 There is a barrel organ in a west gallery. [extant]
Selattyn 1845 There is a large deep west gallery and several pews .
Shawbury 1853 The interior is dark and pued and with a western gallery.
Sheriffhales 1855 The interior neat, but pewed, and has a west gallery with an organ.
Shrewsbury Abbey before 1840 A deep gallery fills the whole area of the tower and contains a fine organ.
Upton Magna 1850 There is a picturesque dormer window in the roof, lighting the gallery on the south side, perhaps coeval with it, and which though unecclesiastical is good of its kind . . . The gallery is also good of its kind, with balusters and arabesque carving, and the following inscription; -
     
  This gallery was erected after the charge of Rowl. Jewkes Senior of the Inner Temple Esqr. And of Rowl. Jewkes Sonn of Thos. Jewkes of this parish. T.W. T.T. Wardens 1666  
     
A barrel organ is in the gallery.
Wistanstow 1851 In the north transept is a gallery; another at the west end, with a little grinding organ. The church is pued…
Wrockwardine 1850 There is an organ in the west gallery. The pues very high but the tout ensemble of the interior is neat.

Thanks to Linda Hall for this research.
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