RUYTON XI TOWNS CHURCH
This small church stands close to an equally small Castle in the bizarrely named “Ruyton XI Towns” or “Ruyton of the Eleven Towns” in rural Shrosphire.
The church dates to a period from 1120-1148 and is largely of this early period. The tower appears to be a later, 14th Century addition.
In true Shropshire fashion nothing much ever seems to have happened here. In 1559 Elizabeth I sold the Church lands and a fair amount of Ruyton to Sir Thomas Hanmer, but this doesn’t seem to have made much difference to worship here.
The churchyard was extended in the 18th Century to take in the area around the by-now ruined Castle and in 1883 some renovation work seems to have been undertaken as a new clock was installed into the Tower.
Photo - Andrew J. Müller
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