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St Nicolas, the parish church

The Normans had a chapel here which in the 13th century was partly rebuilt and enlarged. It was then one of two chapels belonging to the mother church in Bromsgrove for the convenience of the inhabitants of Norton, the north town in the Manor of Bromsgrove.

Considerable extensions and alterations occurred during the 14th century. The beautiful stone porch was built in the late 1400s with a sundial to indicate to the congregation that it was time for Mass. On the inside corners of the porch are carved stones symbolising the four evangelists.

The tower and spire are considered to be one of the finest examples the county possesses of church architecture of the period. Below each of the four pinnacles there were once gargoyles to channel away rainwater. Unfortunately, three have been lost through weathering and the fourth is badly damaged. The four bells in the tower date from from 1552. Over the centuries additions have been made and recasting and re-hanging carried out so that the tower now contains what is said to be one of the finest peals of ten bells in the Midlands.

None of the medieval stained glass survived and in the 19th century it was replaced by colourful figures of Christianity, in the south aisle by the Hardmans, and five in the north aisle by Swainebourne, both local firms.

There are several interesting tombs, the oldest that of Humphrey Toye who died in 1514, and another of Humfrie Littleton of Grovely and his wife, who died in 1588. Humfrie did not die until 1624, and thus had the monument erected in the intervening years, although he is actually buried near Pershore.

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