Herefordshire Places of Worship

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Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Faith's Church, Bacton
St Faith's Church,
off B4347,
Bacton, Herefordshire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] This church was built in the early 13th Century, with alterations and enlargements from the 15th Century. The date of the distinctively-squat tower is a matter of debate. According to the church leaflet, a Simon PARRY left £5 in his will for its erection. However the leaflet also cites other sources which say its construction is even earlier than the church. Certainly if this is the same Simon whose Admon is recorded amongst PCC Wills and Administrations at Vowchurch, there was no Will, and his estate was to be administered by his sister Blanche PARRY - who (again if one and the same) remains the church's most famous ‘resident’.[1]

[Image 2] Blanche Parry's Monument is on the left of this photograph.

Another photograph shows a view of Inside St Faith's Church looking in the opposite direction, where the lighting is better.[1]

[Image 3] The Church has several rather grand monuments, besides that to Blanche PARRY. The one on the right of the wall facing us is to William Bailey PATRIDGE and his wife Mary Frances Elizabeth. It records that he was High Sherrif of Herefordshire, b. 30 Apr 1840, d. 16 Sep 1809; and she b. 22 Jan 1854, d. 4 Nov 1938, the only child of William Henry HAMP, and his wife Elizabeth Ann of Bacton.[1]

[Image 4] This board is just inside the porch. St Faith was a 3rd century martyr, who was condemned to suffer on a gridiron and was then beheaded.

The legend on the board reads:

Whosoever thou / art that enterest into
this Church, leave it / not without one
Prayer to God for / thyself, for those who
minister, and for those / who worship here.[1]

[Image 5] Blanche PARRY was “one of the Gentlewomen of the Queen's Magesty's Privy Chamber” (Elizabeth I), and her Her Will of 21 Jun 1589 left a considerable sum (£500) “to purchase lands to build an Almshouse for 4 poor people” from the parish of Bacton.

She was born in 1508, died in 1589/90, and according to the church leaflet, the Queen paid for her funeral. Pevsner is quite scathing of the monument, although quotes its inscription in full (which is actually quite difficult to read where it is sited, to the left of the altar)[1]

[Image 6] The tapestry displayed in this case hangs just opposite the entrance door, and was embroidered by Blanche PARRY. Motifs include foliage, flowers and animals, on a fine cloth streaked with silver. It was formerly used as an altar cloth, and was rumoured to have been part of one of Blanche's dresses, but the Church Leaflet suggests it is too grand for that and is more likely to have belonged to the Queen.

Note: the “windows” in the left and right hand corners are reflections of those in the opposite wall. They add a rather interesting symmetry to the composition![1]

[Image 7] A very attractive entrance to the Church - to the left of this double-width gateway is a “kissing” gate for pedestrians with similar carving.[1]

[Image 8] The inscriptions read:

Here lyeth the body of Alexander / STANTAR Esqvyer who married
with Rachel HOPTON dafter / of the Right Worshepfvll Ser
Arter HOPTON Knight whoe / Dyed the 5 Day of Jvly in the
Yeare of Ovr Lord God 1620
Here lyeth the body of Ra-chel the Davgther of the R.W.
Sir Arthvr HOPTON Knight / first Married to Alexander
STANER Esqr. after to Lew-is THOMAS Esqr. who being 55(?)
Yeares of Age deceased the xith Day of November in the
Year of Ovr Lord 1663[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO3709132373. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Bacton, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 4 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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