Herefordshire Places of Worship

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Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Mary the Virgin's Church, Bishops Frome
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
on B4214,
Bishops Frome, Herefordshire.


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 before 1086, 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] A booklet available in the church suggests that there was a Saxon Church on the site, as a priest is named in the Domesday survey. However, the present structure is of 12th century origin, whilst the tower was added during the 14th century. The Lady Chapel - the extension nearest us, with the Rose Window at its west end - is a Victorian addition dating from 1861.[1]

[Image 2] The Chancel Arch is probably part of what Pevsner calls ‘terribly pretentious neo-Norman’, and part of the 1861 restoration of the Nave; apparently all that remains of the original - which dates from the 12th century - is the window just visible to the side of the Pulplit (on the right of this photograph).[1]

[Image 3] The Tower Arch at the west end of the Nave is 14th century - in contrast to the remaining Norman style of Nave and Chancel. There are six bells, which came from the Church of St Lawrence (now redundant) at Burwarton in Shropshire in 1975. The clock, which strikes the hours, was made by John Carter of Cornhill, London, about 1842.[1]

[Image 4] This is a most impressive arcade - which I like, in spite of it being Victorian restoration. The chevron moulding echoes the original on the South Porch doorway.

The Lady Chapel can be seen through the arcade. There are two monuments on its north wall, visible through the first archway, to James GARDINER and Ann ALLCOTT.

Near / this place lie / Interred the
Remains of / James GARDINER
late of Instone Gent
who died June 26th / 1804
Aged 73 Years.

Underneath this Stone / are the Remains of Ann
Wife of the late James ALLCOTT
of Woodcroft, in this Parish.
She Exchanged Time for Eternity
the 9 Day of July 1792
and in the 87 Year of her age
She was remarkable for her Sobriety, dilligence, Fidelity & Humanity
Also Elizh. WHITE Grand-daughter
of the above Ann ALLCOTT,
who died the 16th Day of Feby 1811
aged 50 Years.
Also Elizh. HOMES late of Hopton
Daughter of the above Ann ALLCOTT
who died the 24th Day of Novr 1812
aged 75 Years.[1]

[Image 5] The Parish Chest dates from late 16th or early 17th century. It had 3 locks, and as was customary, the Vicar and 2 Churchwardens would have had one key each, so it could be opened only when all three of them were present. As can be seen however, the rightmost lock is now sadly missing.[1]

[Image 6] The scenes in this attractive stained glass of 1848 are of various events (3 in each window) in the life of Christ.[1]

[Image 7] This intriguing figure in a suit of mail wears a surcoat, holds a sword and shield, and his legs are crossed, with his feet resting on a lion. The church leaflet says he has the appearance of a Knight Templar, and suggests also he was one of the Deveraux family who owned much of the land in the Frome valley.

The recess is in the south wall of the nave, just west of the pulpit, and is ornamented with ballflowers. It would have been near the altar in the original building, before the Chancel was built.[1]

[Image 8] The Munderfield Chapel is a delight, carefully screened from the rest of the church by using oak panelling, saved from the church at Avenbury, which is now derelict. The oak was then used in Munderfield church before arriving at Bishops Frome, where it was first used as as an adornment to the East Wall of the Lady Chapel. The altar rail (18th century) likewise is from Munderfield church.

The conversion was carried out during 1995 and dedicated by John, Bishop of Hereford on Sunday 14th January 1996.[1]

[Image 9] The main entrance to St Mary the Virgin's church was built in 1921, as a memorial to the young men who died in our two World Wars.[1]


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.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO6633048309. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Bishops Frome, 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.


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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