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General Information

Population
Total Population 489 (Estimate 2004)
No. Over 60 25.2%
No. Under 18 20.5%
No. BME  
Indices of Deprivation  
Area KM2 4,986
Population Density KM2 0.09
Locality Five (Click for more information)
 Financial Information
Annual Budget  
Annual Precept £5,955.00 (2010/2011)
Grants Received  
Spending per Resident  
Average Council Tax Band £25.75

 

Enville

 

The parish of Enville lies on the Stourbridge-Bridgnorth road, about 5½ miles from Stourbridge and 8½ miles southeast of Bridgnorth. The earliest recorded name of the village was Efnefeld, and under that name it is entered in Doomsday Book.
 
The three ancient manors of Enfield, Lutely, and Morf comprise the present parish. In the twentieth year of William the Conquerer, Enville (to use the name by which it is now known) was held by a Saxon, Alric, one of the King’s Thanes, but the great overlord of this district was William FitzAnsculph.
 
In the course of time William de Birmingham became possessed of the manor, and two of his descendants were Rectors of Enville, namely Roger de Birmingham (1273-1307), and Sir Fulk de Birmingham (about 1347-1370). In 1422 John Lowe, of Whittington, was lord of Enville, and was succeeded by his son, Humphrey Lowe, Sheriff of the County of Stafford, in 1441.
 
The only daughter and heir of the latter, Eleanor, married Robert Grey, third son of Reginald, Lord Grey of Ruthin, and it is recorded that their son Humphrey, in 1484, was the owner of the Manors which form the present parish of Enville. Since that date the family of Grey has owned Enville. Enville Hall, which once boasted its own private racecourse, remains a private house, but it hosts occasional events each year.
 
Nearby Four Ashes Hall is available for weddings, receptions, corporate events and country pursuits.
 

The church has a Norman nave (about AD 1100) and a Transitional chancel (built by Roger de Birmingham, AD 1272-1307) and despite extensive restorations in 1749 and 1871 the distinguishing features remain.

 

The present ornate tower is a copy of a style often seen in Somerset, and was built in 1871, when the original tower was taken down. Evidence of an earlier church on the site is to be found in a small stone figure of Saxon origin built into the arcading above the south aisle. Local tradition identifies this carving as a memorial to Saint Chad, the first Bishop of Lichfield.

 

It was probably the porch niche figure of the original church. Above one of the Norman columns of the nave is a stone carving of eastern origin, probably brought to Enville by crusaders. There are three crusaders’ tombs in the churchyard, facing the west window. In the chancel are four beautifully carved miserere stalls.

 

In the south aisle is an alabaster tomb of fine workmanship, dated 1559, to the memory of ‘Thomas Grey of Enveld esquier and Anne his wyfe ...’ Within the altar rails on the north side of the chancel is the mural tomb of Roger de Birmingham, Rector of the parish from 1273 to 1307, and who rebuilt the chancel. In the churchyard stands an ancient cross with broken shaft, and nearby is a yew tree of unusually fine shape and size.

 

Information taken from South Staffordshire Reviewed with the permission of Paul Collins and Craig Walker

 

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Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Interests

 

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