Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Ross
St Mary's Church,
Church Street,
Ross, 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 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] The whole of the present church, with the exception of the north (Markye) chapel, which dates from 1510, was built during the last quarter of the 13th, and first part of the 14th centuries, and illustrates the typical Decorated architectural style of the period. It was dedicated in 1316.

The spire was rebuilt in 1721, and the 25ft pinnacles added at the expense of John Kyrle. Further restoration was necessary in 1852, and in 1911, then again in 2009, as can be seen by the scaffolding surrounding the tower.[1]

[Image 2] The glass in the East Window dates from 1430, and belonged to Bishop Thomas Spofford's chapel at Stretton Sugwas. It was brought to Ross in 1792 when the chapel was demolished following a fire. It was eventually fitted to the window as we see it now in 1873.

The panels are said to be (left to right) King Ethelbert, St. Anne (mother of the Virgin Mary), Joachim (possibly Mary's father), and lastly St Thomas Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford (1275).[1]

[Image 3] Information on a display tablet tells us that the monuments are to several generations of the Rudhale [Rudhall] family who lived at Rudhall Manor, ‘a fine Tudor house, two and a half miles from Ross’. It continues:

They are fine examples and provide an interesting insight into the development of monumental sculpture in 16th & 17th Centuries. The detail (especially of 1 below) is worthy of closer inspection. The folder at the back of the church gives detailed information.

1. William (1530) and his wife Anne. William was the most famous of the Rudhalls. He was Attorney-general to Arthur, Prince of Wales (son of Henry VII). He is responsible for the present appearance of the manor.

2. William (1609) and his wife Margaret (Croft). A black marble and alabaster wall monument.

3. Richard and other children of William (above)

4. John (1636) and his wife Mary (Pitt). A second altar tomb.

5. Colonel William (1651). The last of the male line of the Rudhalls. Colonel William was a cavalier in the Royalist Army and led a local troop in a skirmish at Wilton Bridge.

6. Bust of Thomas Westfaling (1814) who married into the Rudhall family.

The monuments are somewhat cramped. This part of the church was once a chantry chapel, bought by the family at the time of the reformation. The monuments eventually filled the entire space available.

Rudhall Manor is a private house and is not open to the public. The 14th Century “Rudhall” Almshouses on Church Street (to the north east of the church) were restored by William & Margaret (2 above)[1]

[Image 4] This chapel is to the south of the Rudhall Chapel, and was built in about 1510. It now commemorates the Markye family (a notable family in Ross in the early 17th century), but was originally the chapel of the Mutton family who owned Alton Court before the Markyes, and in 1658, Lord Grey's Chapel, for residents of Wilton Castle.

The chapel also contains the War Memorials, and an oak screen on which are carved the badges of the various regiments to which the men belonged.[1]

[Image 5] This is a memorial to William Rudhall (1609) and his wife Margaret (Croft).[1]

[Image 6] One of those few remarkable churches where the west end of the nave is almost as attractive as the east end.[1]

[Image 7] The inscription on this rather grand monument reads:

In hope of
a blessed resurrection
here resteth
from his labours
Walter SCOTT
the grateful restorer of
The Blue Coat School
he departed this life
IVth [4th] December
aged LXX. [70][1]

[Image 8] This photograph showing the approach to the church illustrates its siting (as described in various 19th century directories) on ‘a bold eminence overlooking the river Wye’. The east end of the church is longer than usual as it contains not only the chancel and high altar, but also the monument to John Kyrle (the “Man of Ross”)

The church has porches on both the north, and south sides.[1]

[Image 9] The north aisle nearest us contains the Baptistry, a gift to the church from the parents of 15 year old Mary DONE, who was an evacuee from London during WWII. She died in Ross, in 1942. It also contains the Peace Wall Hanging, made for the church in 1996.[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 SO5981024045. 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 Ross, 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 5 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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