Eardisley is a charming little church. It is also, it must be said, somewhat forgettable but for one thing: its Norman font carved by the Herefordshire school. The Shell Guide to English Parish Churches doesn’t mince words: “This church has the best Romanesque font in England” it declares.
There are other contenders for that title, but it is by anyone’s standards, one of the top two or three. Eardisley is one of that select group of churches - Chaddesley Corbett and Coleshill are at least two others that spring to mind - whose fonts alone make them famous to students of church architecture.
Of the original Norman church of around 1100 little remains, nor indeed of Eardisley Castle that was next to it. The existing south aisle is believed to occupy the whole of the original site. The existing south arcade dated from around 1200 and was cut through what was the original north wall of the nave. The north arcade was built in around 1300, but was widened and extended to the east by two further bays in the late c13. The chancel also dates from around 1300. The tower was added in 1708 after the original one collapsed. Apart from the tower, little has changed since 1400.
The church is associated with the Baskerville family. The line died out in that inauspicious year (at least for Londoners!) of 1666 and the Barnsley family succeeded them as Lords of the Manor.