St. Bartholomew’s is a rural Parish Church serving its local community in Tong, Shropshire and also reaching out to many visitors from across the globe.

We are pleased to announce that services resumed at St. Bartholomew’s on Sunday 5th July – within government guidelines. As 5th July was the first Sunday in the month, we provided a traditional service of Holy Communion at 8.00 am (without wine) and Family service at 11.00 am.

Social Distancing will be observed and we think singing will not be permitted, but final instructions are not yet available. The church will be cleaned before and afterwards and there is handgel at the door.

The church is also open each day for individual access.
In addition the live-streaming online service will be available for those who prefer not to risk church yet. The easiest way to download it is via www.standrewschurchshifnal.org.uk and choose either the Facebook or You-tube option.

Up to date details about permitted visits as we come out of the COVID 19 lockdown
are available on our NEWS page

Welcome to St Bartholomew's Church

We hope very much that you will enjoy your visit to our website! You are also invited to visit us in person at our beautiful home in rural Shropshire. You are most welcome whether you are a worshipper, pilgrim, tourist, or school party.

History & Heritage

Tong Church has a rich & fascinating heritage...

St. Bartholomew’s Church at Tong is renowned as a ‘treasure house’ and its historical and architectural significance is well documented. The 19th century Shropshire antiquarian Eyton remarked on Tong: “If there be any place in Shropshire calculated to impress the moralist, to instruct the antiquary and interest the historian, that place is Tong.” Today, the church is designated Grade 1 by Historic England, primarily because the present building has remained almost intact for over 600 years, with only one later addition, the chantry chapel called “the Golden Chapel” because of its rich colouring and magnificent fan-vaulting.

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 Revd Pippa Thorneycroft.
You can find us on Facebook: Tong Church
For Just Giving links, please see below.

Tong Tours

Tong Church has everything!

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.