The Holdgate Sheela
Holdgate is a tiny village in Shropshire, Tugford lies a mile away and it is not too far away from Church Stretton. The church is quite old and fairly decrepit though it is still in use.
The sheela can be found on the south facing wall of the church over a small doorway. It is quite easy to miss as a large tree obscures both the sheela and doorway. The Carving is, as usual, quite weathered and is quite large especially in comparison to the nearby Tugford Sheelas. The sheela lacks legs but if you get directly underneath it you can make out ridges in the hole beneath it. This would seem to indicate the sexual organs being held open. The sheela also appears to grimacing. The church is again of Norman origin and somewhat dilapidated. The village of Holdgate is very small consisting of a few houses a farm and the church.
Sheelas are all in the same vicinity. Holdgate and Tugford being a mile
distant from each while Church Stretton is about 10 miles away.