Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St Bartholomew's Church, Much Marcle
St Bartholomew's Church,
off B4024,
Much Marcle, 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 1230, 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] St Bartholmew's Church was planned as the final stop of the day, not my first visit, nor probably my last. Early English nave and aisles of four bays, south porch, then oddly the central tower with no transepts, and 14th century chancel with two-bayed north chapel. The tower is late Perpendicular and an obvious replacement. The area around the tower is unsatisfactory, plain walling at the east end of the aisle, a classical SW doorway to the chancel. Did the former tower fall?[1]

[Image 2] Three premier monuments are inside St Bartholomew's Church, including perhaps one of the most beautiful medieval effigies in England. The latter is to Blanche Mortimer, Lady Grandison. In the north chapel, two husbands and wives, the earlier of c1400 to an unknown couple - two tiny puppies pull at the folds of her robe, and his feet sit on a fabulous lion who was never originally planned to be looking at the wall which sugggests this tomb may have been elsewhere in the church. Centre stage however is an excellent tomb chest with effigies of Sir John Kyrle and his Wife.[1]

[Image 3] Two other visitors ‘hanging out’ in the Church...[1]

[Image 4] Three premier monuments are inside St Bartholomew's Church, including perhaps one of the most beautiful medieval effigies in England. The latter is to Blanche Mortimer, Lady Grandison, d.1347 a slim shapely effigy and pretty face, hands gently resting on her chest - the left holding her prayer beads, the end of her robe falling over the tomb chest thanks to a mischievous dog at her feet (sadly without his head). Such realism is absent in most contemporary monuments.[1]

[Image 5] Some serious 'commando' soles here![1]

[Image 6] Centre stage is an excellent tomb chest with effigies of Sir John Kyrle d.1650 and his wife, with stunning detailing of features and clothes. His feet rest on a hedgehog - Sir John Kyrle's Boots - why? In comparison, the oak effigy of a knight c1360 in the north aisle, gaudily coloured, is rustic and crude, although seemingly longer than life![1]

[Image 7] Venerable yew in churchyard supported on victorian ironwork, the trunk now hollow and fitted with seating![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 SO6570132736. 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 Much Marcle, 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 Phil Draper.

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

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