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.

Covid 19 – the latest information. 

At Tong we will do our best to have the church open each day from 9.00 to 4.00 ( till it starts getting lighter again) for individuals to come and visit.  We are also open for services at the moment but you will be well aware that things can change rather quickly, so please bear with us. If you do not wish to come to church for a service then alternateively you can watch the weekly services will be streamed from Shifnal with members of our congregation taking part.  To access the online streaming service please visit www.standrewschurchshifnal.org.uk and choose either the Facebook or You-tube option.

Currently we don’t have definitive information available regarding Christmas services.  The Carol Service probably won’t happen, but we would like to sing carols round the outside Christmas tree at 4.00 pm on Christmas Eve, but it depends if that is considered a rave  and where the government/Covid has got to by 24th December. I hope we may have a service at 10.00 am on Christmas Day,  socially distanced, masks, hand sanitiser etc – but we have managed that quite well over the last 4 months.

If the C of E says anything to the contrary, we will do our best to let you know on this site as soon as we can!

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.