St Bartholomew’s, Tong

Contact Us

St Bartholomew’s Church:

Tong, Shropshire. TF11 8PW
General enquiries to:

Minister In Charge of Tong Church:

Pippa Thorneycroft has now retired.
The Revd. Preb Chris Thorpe, remains the person in overall charge of Shifnal, Sheriffhales and Tong.

Pastoral matters and other enquiries should be addressed to Revd. Mike Shaw on ‭07850 914494
or Revd Jess Harper ‭07865 243182‬
or either of the Church Wardens: Robert Kerrigan:
Sandy Baker:
or Treasurer:

Parish Admin:


Tong Church Wardens:

Wendy Aykroyd, Tel: 01952 291532 Email:

Michael Pilsbury. Tel: 01902 750382 or Email:

Sandy Baker, Tel: 01902 754024 or Email:

Robert Kerrigan, Tel: ‭07825 683399‬ or Email:

Tong Tours:
Tong Tours are booked through Mrs. Christine Deane on 01902 741356

Baptisms and Weddings:
For bookings of Baptisms and Weddings at St. Bartholomew’s, Tong, please contact the Administrator Wendy Aykroyd in working hours

For funerals please contact Wendy Aykroyd (contact details above) to make sure the church and appropriate member of the clergy is available. She also has the up-to-date list of fees.

If you would like to follow us on Facebook simply search for Tong Church, or use this link.

We now have a wheelchair available in Church. If you find it difficult to walk up the slope to Church to attend services please let us know by sending someone ahead or Tel: 07970 869011 and we will provide assistance. We regret that we are unable to offer this support during the week for visitors. 

At present there are no toilet facilities at Tong Church.  For an organised tour and at weddings, baptisms and funerals as well as Sunday services, access to the Parish Hall (two mintes walk) is available.  For concerts and fêtes we usualy provide portaloos.

Would You Like To Support Us?

The Tong Vision for 2020 and beyond has a target to raise £500,000 over the next 3 years in order to fund urgent and
essential restoration work, and to ensure that all visitors and congregations can continue to enjoy this unique building!
If you can offer your support either financially, in-kind or otherwise, please contact us or visit our JustGiving page by clicking the image, below.

Link to Tong Church Just Giving Page

A big thank you to all our supporters! Particular thanks go to the following:

To view details of our charitable status please click here

Tong Church has everything

But don’t take our word for it. Join us on a tour of our beautiful church….

We are able to offer a conducted tour of our famous, beautiful church. This ancient building was dedicated in 1410, and is held to be one of the finest examples of a church built in perpendicular style in the country.

Our tour lasts for about an hour, during which time you will see the famous Golden Chapel, our unique collection of magnificent medieval tombs and carved effigies. You can explore our historical links with Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and not forgetting little Nell!

And, not for the faint hearted, try a tour of the tower. You will see one of the largest bells in the country!  Nowadays, due to Health and Safety concerns  regarding the very worn spiral steps and extremely limited space we only let visitors up the tower at their own risk and make them sign a disclaimer, but Bell ringing enthusiasts are often still keen to visit.